Newark Drive-In

170 Foundry Street,
Newark, NJ 07105

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Redstone Drive-In Theaters

Architects: William A. Reisman

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Newark Drive-In exterior

The Newark Drive-In opened near the Newark Airport on June 8, 1955, with Kirk Douglas in “Man Without a Star” & Edward G. Robinson in “Bullet for Joey”. It had a capacity for 2,500 cars. It was operated by Redstone Drive-In Theaters and closed in the mid-1960’s. On June 25, 1982 it became a three screen theatre. Last operated by Redstone Drive-In Theatres, it was closed on January 26, 1985.

National Amusements built the All Jersey Multiplex Cinemas on the site in 1991. (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

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Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

Mikeoaklandpark on July 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Need to update to 3 screens. The 3 smaller screens were added in front of the large single screen that once was the only screen. The large original screen was kept in tact after the 3 new smaller ones were added.

jwmovies on October 30, 2012 at 1:14 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 170 Foundry Street, Newark, NJ 07105.

gammawarrior on April 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

My dad would take us from Staten Island to the Newark drive-in in the 70s, we’d pick up some Cuban sandwiches and enjoy whatever was being shown. Saw Enter the Dragon, starring Bruce Lee on the big screen, great times. Would love to see drive-ins come back.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Still need to update above to 3 screens.

rivest266 on February 11, 2018 at 6:59 pm

This opened on June 8th, 1955 as the world’s largest and most magnificent drive-in theatre with the world’s largest cinemascope screen and the world’s largest dining pavilion according to the grand opening ad that I posted in the photo section for this drive-in.

rivest266 on July 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm

Three screens on June 25th, 1982, the Green, Blue, and Red. Ad in photo section.

davidcoppock on January 9, 2022 at 8:40 am

Reopened on 25th June 1981 on the Green screen with “The Thing” and “Revenge of the living dead” and on the Blue screen with “Firefox” and “Body heat” and on the Red screen with “E.T you he extra-terrestial” and “Flash Gordon”.

davidcoppock on January 9, 2022 at 8:42 am

Correction ; reopened on the Red Screen with “E.T the extra-terrestial” and ‘Flash Gordon".

davidcoppock on November 19, 2023 at 3:57 am

When did this drive-in theatre close the 2nd time?

50sSNIPES on November 19, 2023 at 8:40 am

It appears that the Newark Drive-In closed for the final time on January 26, 1985. Redstone was the last operator.

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