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July 31st, 2004

Drive-In Theatres Return to New Jersey

Drive-ins existed in New Jersey from 1933 until 1991, but quietly faded away and have been missing completely from the state for the last 13 years. But there’s good news: a drive-in theatre has reopened in Vineland! With room for 700 cars and boasting one of the largest screens in the world, the Delsea Drive-In is bringing the outdoor theatre experience back to the Garden State.

Personally, I’m looking forward to checking out a first run film and changing to a particular station in my car. The last time I was at a drive-in was in 1980 or 81 when I saw Superman II with my dad and cousin. It’s one of those things that’s disappeared over the years, but has a certain charm to it that a revival might be in order.

Anyone have any particularly memorable drive-in experiences?

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FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 31, 2004 -- 11:20:25 am
I saw Star Wars as a kid at the drive-in. There was one in Atlanta, the boy was an infant and asleep in his car seat, so it must have been 95ish that I was last at one.

FROM: dave
DATE: Saturday July 31, 2004 -- 11:46:03 am
I saw The Last Starfighter at a drive-in when I was eight. As a kid already hooked on video games, it was one of the coolest experiences of my life up to that point.

FROM: Jacquie
DATE: Saturday July 31, 2004 -- 12:53:32 pm
The last one I vaguely remember was a 2for1. I can't remember the 1st movie but the 2nd movie was Flashdance. My mom wouldn't let us stay for that one. i think was about 5 or 6 at the time.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 31, 2004 -- 1:58:01 pm
I missed out. As many movies as I've seen in my life I never saw one at a drive-in theater. In fact, I can't even remember ever seeing functioning drive-in theater.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 31, 2004 -- 4:40:06 pm
Wow, I just found out there's a drive-in theater in PA near my little brother's new home.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday August 2, 2004 -- 12:08:24 am
I was in Williamsport, PA last year, covering the Little League World Series. I was amazed how many drive in theaters there were for such a small town. I have never seen a movie on a drive in, but it looked very cool.

I might have done it, if I wasn't by myself. That would just be creepy.

FROM: Vince
DATE: Saturday August 7, 2004 -- 11:21:00 pm
Just went to the Delsea Drive-in last night, and it was great. As Kid, I remember seeing Mad Max there. Took the kids and saw the Village and Thunderbirds.

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Monday August 9, 2004 -- 11:39:32 am
I remember going to the drive-in just about every weekend when I was growing up. If it was not with my parents it would be with my uncles. Loved going with my uncles because they use to takes us to rated R movies ;)

We use to bring folding chairs, picnic blanket and a cooler packed with pop. We would set up house right in front of the car…life was great. The last movie that I remember seeing at one of this great institutions was The Thing…man that was real memorable cause we scared the crap out of my younger sister…fun times.

Oh, almost forgot…there are a few things that I miss the most about drive-ins is the hot food…French fries in a cup…yum and the other thing is the ability to make out in public…ah, the good old days.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday August 9, 2004 -- 11:09:10 pm

I might have done it, if I wasn't by myself. That would just be creepy.

If I didn't go to movies alone I'd never go to movies. I even saw The Powerpuff Girls movie alone . . . in the middle of the afternoon. Fortunately, I wasn't the only scary, young adult male in the theater when the lights came up.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday August 10, 2004 -- 1:02:07 am
I go to a lot of movies on my own as well. I just can't understand why Huyen doesn't get as excited as I do to see movies like Freddy vs. Jason at 11am on a Sunday.

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Tuesday August 10, 2004 -- 5:26:50 pm
I must agree wtih you guys, it's great going by yourself to a movie, no one to distract you by asking you what happend or pass the popcorn.

DATE: Friday August 20, 2004 -- 8:22:51 pm
I live in NewJersey and my nanny lives near Vineland.Shes like 10 minutes away so we are going there when we go to visit her.

DATE: Monday September 27, 2004 -- 1:49:39 pm
Thank you for having the wisdon to reopen in New jersey. Itis a fantastic and wonderfull
part of Americana you all have done. All the Best

DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 4:17:25 pm
I saw George of the jungle and some other movie ata drive in when i was like 7 in pittsburgh, i think there is still one open there but the one i went to closed, frown.

FROM: Marlene Pastella
DATE: Monday October 17, 2005 -- 8:15:49 pm
oct 17, 2005
Went to Delsea Drive-in in Vineland NJ. It was great. A step back in time. I remember my parents taking us to the Ridge Pike Drive-in in PA just about every week in the summer, and the fond memories as a teen making out in a 63 Chevy. The good old days when a kiss was enough. I'm so glad the Drive-in is back!

Matt Radatti March 20, 2007, 8:12 pm

I use to manage the Ridge Pike Drive-In in PA. Saturdays drew the most peoople. We had a snack bar that contained everything from Pop Corn to Cheese Burgers. We had a full kitchen. Those were the days. I have allot of Drive-In stories. I miss it.

Judy Stumpf June 22, 2007, 4:56 pm

Our favorite USED TO BE Haar’s on Rt 15 in Dillsburg, PA; but, they won’t let dogs in any more. Our new favorite is the Pike on Rt 15 just south of Williamsport, PA. Three screens, great (new) owners, creditable concession stand.

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