Glen Dale Drive-In

1620 Wheeling Avenue,
Glen Dale, WV 26038

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Phone Numbers: Box Office: 304.845.2064

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Glen Dale Drive-In

The Glen Dale Drive-In opened on July 1, 1949 with Anthony Quinn in “Black Gold”.

It operated a flea market on Sundays to help increase revenue, and keep it going. It was closed in 2012 and demolished around 2018, but the screen still stands in 2023.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on April 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

I stopped by in March 2010. The drive-in is pretty rundown and was still closed for the season.

Marquee: View link

Ticket booth: View link

Screen: View link

reelman on April 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I have been operating the 35mm movie projector at the Glendale Drive In for 25 years. I was trained by John Ramser, the late owner. He loved running the movies and always kept the equipment operating because he liked seeing young children and their parents come to the outdoor movies and enjoy themselves. John’s passing was a blow to those of us who have tried to keep the theater going, but we have persevered. It’s a lot of work for very little money, but there is great satisfaction in doing something that very few others can do. I especially like seeing the expressions on kids faces when I give them a tour of the projection room and tell how the magic works. Young and old alike always marvel at the process of running movie film from the platters to the projector. We at the Glendale Drive In are now facing the real possibility that our lease will not be renewed. The gas and oil people want our field for their pipes and machinery. The future is uncertain for our outdoor movies, but I will always recall the past 25 summers with warm satisfaction.

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Drive-In 54 on April 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

reelman..Do have pictures you can share? If not can you take some post them?

TomMc11 on June 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm

Status should be changed to closed, it hasn’t opened since the end of the 2012 season.

davidcoppock on June 3, 2017 at 3:18 am

Is the flea market still running?

Clwade on September 4, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Who is the owner of property?

50sSNIPES on June 11, 2023 at 8:03 am

Opened on July 1, 1949 with Anthony Quinn in “Black Gold” (unclear if any short subjects were added) with an original installation of a mammoth screen.

Kenmore on June 11, 2023 at 8:55 am

A closer address is 1620 Wheeling Ave, Glen Dale, WV.

Google Maps has updated their addresses and this puts it right on the property.

The current overhead from Google Maps shows the screen intact, but the rest of the property was bulldozed around 2018 with no trace of the projection booth/concession stand or even the ramps remaining.

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