Pike Drive-In

5798 US Highway 15,
Montgomery, PA 17752

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NeonMichael on December 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Strange that he wasn’t listed in the 1952 newspaper article, but Billboard magazine reported on April 18, 1953, “Charles Collins and his partners are about ready to open the Pike Drive-In near Montgomery, Pa.” A month later, Billboard wrote that the “600-car Pike” was in operation.

The 1955-56 Theatre Catalog listed the owner of the Pike as Charles Collins. In its first listings in the Motion Picture Almanac series, the Pike’s owner in 1955-57 was C. Collins. The owner in 1961 was John Shade.

The Pike fell off the MPA list in 1963-69 but returned by 1972. Listed owners for other MPA editions:
1978-82: Sports Svce.
1984: G. Tomka
1986-88: J. Farruggio

That was probably Joe Farruggio, who owned the nearby Point Drive-In.

Joe McDade is the current owner of the Pike. His LinkedIn page indicates he bought it in March 2006.

NeonMichael on December 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported on Oct. 30, 1952, “Three city men have started construction of a modern, 800-car theater on the Montgomery Pike. They are Harry J. Miele, Harry L. Nixon and Benjamin Pulizzi. Mr. Miele said the theater being built at an estimated cost of $135,000, will open about April 1. Clearing work on the land, about 12 acres, started last week.” It opened on April 16, 1953, showing Son of Paleface.

Chris1982 on October 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

From a history Page: The Pike Drive In Theatre opened in 1953 during the “golden age” of the drive in. Built as a single screen theatre, it was expanded to a 3 screen in the 1990’s. It is the last open ozoner in the county. Current ownership purchased the business in 2006, and over the past 8 years, they have made numerous improvements to this drive in theatre. Although the owner lives over a hundred and fifty miles away from the drive in, it is a labor of love, and he is on site every weekend to make sure that the patrons of the Pike enjoy a great night of movies under the stars. There is a drive underway to convert to digital projection.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

I just uploaded some pictures from the Pike Drive-In theatres Facebook page and aerial from 1959

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on July 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

It’s been the Pike since it opened in 1953. The 1st movie was Son Of Paleface, starring Bob Hope.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm


Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Wow, Bob, I drove up 15 to Williamsport just 2 weeks ago while working in that area of PA. Wished I had known sooner!

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I sold my interest in the Pike to my partner in 2007, & acquired the Harvest Moon aka: Port drive-in, in Linden, Pa.

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 7, 2006 at 3:40 pm

We acquired the Pike Drive-in early in 2006 and are winding down our first season. The third screen is now open. We hope to re-open the flea market next year and have more cool events, plus keep fixing the place up. We just had a “dusk ‘til dawn” show on Sept. 3rd. Here’s our web site: http://pikedrivein.com