Fly-In Drive-In

1675 New Jersey 34,
Farmingdale, NJ 07727

500 cars

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Fly-In Drive-In

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This theater was another first. On June 3, 1948 Edward Brown Jr., a former navy pilot, opened the first Fly-In Drive-In Theater. There was room for 500 cars and 25 airplanes. The planes landed at an airfield next to the Drive-In, then they would taxi to the last row which was set up for planes. When the movies were over Mr. Brown provided a jeep to tow the planes back to the airfield.

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anthonyhenrysmith
anthonyhenrysmith on October 6, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Does anyone else remember the Fly-in, Sail-in, Drive-in at Woodbridge, New Jersey?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm

This 1949 Life Photo may be the Asbury Park drive-in. The theater is not identified:
http://tinyurl.com/5hpa2c

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm

I didn’t post that one because I wasn’t sure either.

anthonyhenrysmith
anthonyhenrysmith on November 27, 2008 at 5:12 pm

The Woodbridge Fly-in, Sail-in, Drive-in Theater was unique in that it was intended for use by Boats as well as automobiles and planes. It’s interesting that no one else mentioned the sail boat section. Does anyone else remember it?

Many thanks to all for sharing your memories of a very different time in America. It’s amazing how quickly these things get lost.

Bway
Bway on April 20, 2009 at 11:28 am

Wow, that is pretty cool, I didn’t know they had a boat area too.

MPol
MPol on June 13, 2009 at 2:16 am

I didn’t even know that Fly-In Theatres had even existed.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Another 1949 LIFE image of the Fly Drive-In,
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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm

This location fits all the descriptions above. At the airport, and the lot looks like it has a projection booth right in the center of it. Certainly could have been a multiple screen drive-in.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

What a concept.Pretty cool idea.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1675 New Jersey 34, Wall Township, NJ 07727

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