Fly-In Drive-In

1727 New Jersey 34,
Wall Township, NJ 07727

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DavidZornig on September 19, 2018 at 4:16 pm

RobertR, in 2004 you asked for a photo of a plane at the Fly-In Drive-In. I just posted one from June 1948. It may have been one of the LIFE Magazine photos posted in 2008, but those links are now dead.

davidcoppock on February 23, 2017 at 1:19 am

Correction – page 99(chapter 10) of Drive-in theaters a history of their inception in 1933(Kerry Segrave).

davidcoppock on February 22, 2017 at 2:34 am

This might be the same fly-in drive-in mentioned on page 99(strange drive-in’s) that opened on June 3, 1948 near Asbury Park, New Jersey. The planes taxied over the last ramp where they equipped with speakers for the pilot and passenengers. There was a jeep supplied to tow the planes back to the airport the movie/s finished!

davidcoppock on February 22, 2017 at 1:37 am

“Is the airport next door still there?”

Kenmore on June 18, 2016 at 5:17 am

A more accurate address (at least for Google) is 1727 New Jersey 34, Wall Township, NJ which maps it directly to the site of the projection booth/concession stand.

Today, the property retains the outline of the drive-in and a business has seemingly built a new building atop the old foundation of the projection booth/concession stand.

davidcoppock on March 30, 2016 at 1:04 am

This site is possibly unique, it should be heritage listed!

Tine263 on March 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm

The Fly-In was really neat, and there are some remains if you visit the site. I did a post in Nov 2014 with some information :)

rivest266 on March 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

jwmovies on October 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on February 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

What a concept.Pretty cool idea.

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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seymourcox on July 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Another 1949 LIFE image of the Fly Drive-In,
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MPol on June 13, 2009 at 2:16 am

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

Bway on April 20, 2009 at 11:28 am

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

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.

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:

anthonyhenrysmith on October 6, 2008 at 12:33 pm

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

shoeshoe14 on September 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Was mentioned in the documentary “Drive-In Movie Memories” in 2001.

GaryCrawford on October 17, 2007 at 10:16 am

The comment above by Lost Memory mentions the Belmar Fly-In. This is (was) the Fly-In mentioned in the main post. It was located in Wall Twp (Wall had a Belmar mailing address for many years), on Rt 34 at the airport. There was no drive-in in Asbury Park.

As mentioned above, the red brick screen foundation exists as a sign, and the concession and projection buildings are there, you’d recognize them for what they were when you see them!

Mechanix Illustrated (or) Popular Mechanics ran an article on the place in the late 50’s, I believe.

MikeH on May 30, 2005 at 8:24 am

Brown owned a second “Fly-In Drive-In” which was located just west of the Manahawkin Drive-In on Rt. 72 in Manahawkin. If you stood at the back (last ramp) of the Manahawkin and walked about 100' into the surrounding pine trees you came on the last ramp of the Fly-In.
It was called “Fly-In Drive-In #2” It’s entrance was off of Rt. 72 about a quarter mile from the entrance of the Manahawkin’s entrance.
The Manahawkin was at the intersection of Rt. 72 and Rt. 9.
Brown also owned another drive-in (not a fly-in) called the Bay Drive-In which was located on the north side of Rt. 37 a few miles east of Toms River and very close to the bridge that took you over to Seaside Heights. The Bay was sold to Walter Reade who operated it into the 60s or 70s.
Mike H

RobertR on October 15, 2004 at 5:26 am

I wish someone had pictures of the planes parked watching the movies.

Bway on October 14, 2004 at 7:01 pm

This has got to be one of the coolest theaters and probably most unique, I have heard of until this point.