Central Drive-In

7903 Central Avenue,
Capitol Heights, MD

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The Central Drive-In, named for its location on Central Avenue, opened in 1958. It could accomodate about 650 cars.

By 1970, the drive-in had turned to adult films, which caused many a fender-bender on Central Avenue, from which the pornographic films could be partially seen. By the time the theater closed in 1987, it had been showing mainstream films for a couple of years once again.

It was afterward demolished and a shopping center built on the site.

Contributed by Bryan

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JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 7, 2004 at 7:08 pm

Ahh. Now this drive-in brings back some memories. No, I’ve never been inside of it but I do remember passing by, on my way home, from school. The view, from Central Ave., was obscured by sections of board. Unfortunately, there were these big gaps between the boards where you could see xxx-rated action as you drove by. And, yes, there were people who would park their cars, on Central Ave., where the biggest gaps were to see portions of the movie for free!

RobertR
RobertR on October 26, 2005 at 4:40 pm

This drive-in was already showing adult films in 1970, the ad says on Saturday there was a 5 film festival until dawn.

ElCartero
ElCartero on June 18, 2009 at 11:42 am

This page has a marquee photo and a dusk-to-dawn show ad. Both are from the post-porno period of the late ‘80s.
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