61st Street Drive-In

3201 S. 61st Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19153

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Previously operated by: Budco, William Goldman Theaters Inc.

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61st Street Drive-In Theatre

The 61st Street Drive-In opened July 3, 1963. At that time it was operated by Budco. This drive-in closed on October 16, 1983.

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alps on February 1, 2017 at 6:15 pm

The last time I went there was 40 years ago, I saw Richard Pryor in Greased Lightin and Freebie and the Bean.

Mikeoaklandpark on February 2, 2017 at 1:22 pm

It wasn’t this drive in doowopcharlie. Must have been the Airport drive in

doowopcharlie on February 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm

Thank You Mike 99% sure it was the airport drive-in I was 18 yrs old they had a great doo wop show there my friends an I,going on 76yrs old steve wonder was there along with some great groups it don’t pay to listin to people that put they’re girls in the trunk of there car again thank you

TomMc11 on June 9, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Just did google street view from November of 2016, up and down the street and I don’t see the marquee anymore.

ronnie21 on December 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm

October 16th Sunday 1983,, could have been the last night for this drive-in. the last 2 movies were 1. Strange Invaders, 2. First Blood,, doesn’t seem to be any more listings after this date.. could have been the final weekend.. The week before that October were “Flashdance” “Still Smokin' 48 HRS. The Evil Dead played here the week prior to this..

jwmovies on January 12, 2023 at 2:18 am

Now Clean Earth Waste Management. What’s so amazing is that they retained the Snack Bar/Projection building AFTER 40 YEARS! 😳🤭😍😇 Quite a feat!

davidcoppock on January 12, 2023 at 7:52 am

Opened on 3rd July 1963 with “If a man answers”, “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and “Tales of terror”.

davidcoppock on January 12, 2023 at 7:54 am

The snack bar/ projector building looks huge!!!!

Kenmore on January 12, 2023 at 8:50 am

The marquee appears in a 2007 Google Street View, albeit surrounded by trees with only the top of the sign sticking out. By 2012, it was gone along with some of the trees. That opened up the old entrance road of the drive-in. It’s quite probable that the few feet of concrete pavement which directly connects to the street dates back to the drive-in.

The old projection booth/concession stand is still present, but has been upgraded with new siding. If you never knew a drive-in stood there, you’d probably never guess what the building originally was looking at it from the street.

Mikeoaklandpark on January 12, 2023 at 1:24 pm

Opened by William Goldman to replace the Airport Drive which was demolished for airport expansion.

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