White Horse Pike Drive-In

310 White Horse Pike,
Lawnside, NJ 08045

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Johnny62
Johnny62 on August 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

Was the horse saved?

Tine263
Tine263 on August 28, 2014 at 5:44 am

Hey Everyone – Brief, but still incomplete, update: the horse was taken down due to danger of falling. This information comes from Lawnside itself, but I have been unable to have someone get back to me that owns the site.

minbinder
minbinder on July 26, 2014 at 7:09 am

We need a FB page to get info….how is it possible no one knew why it was taken down? Create a kickstarter for funding if that’s what is needed to keeping them from scrapping it….rally the ozoners!!!

RickB
RickB on July 26, 2014 at 2:54 am

Front page lead story in the Courier-Post! The video in the online version includes an artist’s rendering of the drive-in, dated 1963.

Tine263
Tine263 on July 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

@Minbinder … I have been searching for information since last night! I saw a video of it being taken down. The rear legs were not attached so I wonder if they came apart or they separated them first. I took some photos last night of it on the ground, but it was gone today. My blog has the photos (www.driveinadventures.wordpress.com).

minbinder
minbinder on July 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Today they took down the white horse. I don’t know if they are restoring it or not. I can’t find any info & am stressing out :(

Tine263
Tine263 on February 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

With the help of a flickr find and some advertisements, I was able to find out some information about the WHP drive-in. I posted the info on my drive-in blog (not much, but it’s something!). One big thing is that Sameric Owned/Operated this theater, as assumed.

http://driveinadventures.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/white-horse-pike-drive-in-closed-nj/

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on June 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

What I’ve heard is the shopping center opened in the late 1960’s with Two Guys Department Store, Rickel Home Center, and Shop Rite Supermarket.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I drove past this shopping center many times, but never saw it as a drive-in.

RickB
RickB on February 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm

There may have been a connection between this theater and the Black Horse Pike Drive-In a few miles away. Both theaters had towers topped by very similar large horse figures. There was a sign with an attraction board for this drive-in at the Collingswood traffic circle; after it closed, the board read “VISIT BLACK HORSE DRIVE IN” for a long time. (The sign was actually much closer to the Black Horse.) It’s possible that the Black Horse was opened as a replacement for this one, although the two sites are far enough apart that they could have drawn from different population bases to some extent.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

This was a very mysterious and short-lived drive-in.

Here is a 1963 aerial photo of the location, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

You will notice the drive-in is not there in 1963, and by switching over to the 1970 aerial imagery, the location has already been developed into a shopping center.

Here is a 1965 aerial photo of the same location, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS, where you can now view the drive-in. It appears this drive-in opened sometime between 1963 and 1965, and was demolished sometime before 1970.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 4, 2011 at 4:21 am

To see a photo of the above mentioned HORSE click below.

http://www.drive-ins.com/pictures/njtwhit002.jpg

More info and more photos are always welcome.