Blue Ridge Drive-in
620 Old State Route 115,
620 Old State Route 115,Saylorsburg, PA 18353
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The Mackes operated the Blue Ridge Drive-In throughout the theater’s entire history and for the longest time until they both closed the theater for the final time at the end of the 1992 season after 40 years of first-run films and family entertainment in the Saylorsburg/Brodheadsville area.
The screen continued to partially stand for the next couple of years but was in pretty rough shape and beaten condition, as some of the remaining blocks at one of the sides of the 1955-installed CinemaScope screen were either removed for unknown reasons or partially destroyed, as well as some missing blocks from the main screen. The screen was then later removed in the mid-1990s possibly due to its condition.
Nearly five years later, Raymond Mackes passed away at 83 on July 16, 1997 in their Pleasant Valley home. The Blue Ridge Drive-In’s co-owner is LeRoy R. Mackes of Sciota (Unknown date 1916 in Sciota–September 10, 2003 in East Stroudsburg), who also both co-owned and operated the theater from the start until the end.
A more accurate address for this theater is 620 Old State Rte 115, Saylorsburg PA 18353. Per Google, this is the current address of the flea market.
648 Old State Route 115
Saylorsburg, PA 18353
It does not map correctly unless you use “Old State Route 115.”
Here is the address of the flea market:
648 State Rte 115 Saylorsburg, PA 18353
Though the family states that they opened in 1953, the Blue Ridge Drive-In Theatre launched July 4, 1952. Then July 4, 1976, Stanley Mackes and family which had run the drive-in from their land added the Blue Ridge Flea Market. The Flea Market would last for decades and became an even more phenomenal success than the drive-in theater which eventually closed.
The screen tower was damaged by a strom (I beleive it was blown down) and never replaced. I’ve only been to the D-I once whenit was a theater. When we go to visit our daughter we now stop at the flea market. The old marquee is used for the flea market. rg