Brownsville Drive-In

6229 National Pike,
Grindstone, PA 15442

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Brownsville Drive-In

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Located along Route 40 between Grindstone and Uniontown. A three-screener running mostly first-run twin bills. In operation since the 1940’s, it began as Fick’s Drive-In started by Izzie Ficks who had not only the drive-in but a restaurant, motel and bowling alley across the highway. As a single screen drive-in, Fick’s Drive-In had a capacity for 400 cars. By 1955 it was operated by Basle and Laskey Entr. and F.D. Moore Theatre Services.

Purchased in the 1970’s or thereabouts and during the first outdoor shakeout, began running adult fare. Twin screened in the 1980’s and tripled in the 1990’s. Turned back to family fare in the mid 1980’s. Does bangup business during the summer months.

Contributed by Ron Sterbenz

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DRIVEIN101 on March 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Despite recent construction of a connector for the PA 43 Turnpike route as well as a new stretch of U.S. 40, this thankfully has not affected the drive-in as far as location, although said bowling alley (Gudac Lanes) and other buildings across the way were razed.

The new U.S. 40 connector runs east of the drive-in to the intersection (where an overpass once stood) near JCT PA 166. The Brownsville can be clearly seen from this new road. The old U.S. 40 segment of National Rd. where the drive-in stands has been renamed Business U.S. 40.

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Drive-In 54 on May 10, 2014 at 4:58 am

Added some pictures from the Brownsville Drive-In Facebook page.

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