Hi-Way Drive-In

1011 Fountain Street,
Ashland, PA 17921

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Hi-Way Drive-In

The Hi-Way Drive-In was opened on May 28, 1949 with Yvonne De Carlo in “River Lady”. By 1955 it was operated by Paul Kerrigan & Milgram Theatres. A basic drive-in theater between Ashland and Frackville.

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 12, 2009 at 4:51 pm

This is likely the site, due to the shape of the lot….

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Marquee could use a little work.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on August 25, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Launched June 2, 1950, the Kerrigans also launched the Harrisburg Drive-In in Lower Paxton at the same time.

Kenmore
Kenmore on August 25, 2015 at 2:24 pm

A closer address at least on Google is 400 Malones Rd, Ashland, PA. You can still see the outline and the foundation of the projection booth/concession stand.
http://tinyurl.com/ovrq3fj

Kenmore
Kenmore on August 30, 2018 at 3:34 pm

The marquee appears to be long gone.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 16, 2018 at 9:26 pm

Also opened with “Pirates of Monterey”. Mostly empty lot. A house has been built at the entranceway, and another house on one of the back corners of the drive-in site.

jwmovies
jwmovies on January 19, 2019 at 10:30 pm

The address for this theater is 1011 Fountain St. Ashland PA 17921. This points to the residence at the entrance road. Malones is behind the drive in. There was no exit to this street when this theater was opened per historical aerial views. Some ramps are still visible.

The above address is incorrect. Please update.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on November 6, 2019 at 7:50 am

The Hi-Way, capacity 400, owners Paul Kerrigan, first appeared in the 1949-50 Theatre Catalog. The Catalog, along with all other contemporary drive-in lists, included the drive-in under Frackville because it was about two miles west of that town.

Early Motion Picture Almanacs listed it as the Hiway, capacity 300, owner Highway Drive-In, Inc. In 1962 the owner changed to M. L. Heinback. The 1977-82 MPA editions raised the drive-in’s capacity to 500. The Hiway’s owner changed to H. Crisswell in 1985, and that’s how it stayed through the last MPA list in 1988.

The Hiway was still intact in a 1992 aerial photo, but the screen was gone by 1999. Google Maps lists the location with an Ashland PA address although Ashland is significantly farther away than Frackville.

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