3750 W. Broad Street,
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Firms: F & Y Building Service
Previous Names: National Auto Theatre, National Drive-In
The National Auto Theatre was opened August 8, 1947 with Marjorie Reynolds in “Up in Mabel’s Room” & The Marx Brothers in “A Night in Casablanca”. It was operated by Leo Yassenhoff, who also headed the architectural firm F & Y Building Service who designed the theatre and also operated Academy Operating Co. chain of theatres. Initially it had a capacity for 500 cars. By 1955 it was operated by M. Yassenoff, and had been renamed National Drive-In and the car capacity had increased to 750.
The Holiday Drive-In was opened in 1971, and was twinned on July 2, 1975. It was closed in 1985. Capacity was around 1,000-cars with the two screens.
The theatre was razed for Consumer Plaza West shopping mall. Capacity was about 1,000 cars for the two screens.
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