Riverside Drive-In

1114 Lee's Lake Lane,
Vandergrift, PA 15690

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Lee's Woodland Drive-In, Galaxy Drive-In

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 724.568.1250

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Riverside Drive-In

This drive-in opened by May 1949 as Lee’s Woodland Drive-In. Lee’s Drive-In closed in 1978 and remained closed for seventeen years.

In 1995 Jim Lipuma renovated the drive-in and renamed it the Galaxy Drive-In.

After operating for almost ten years, this drive-in closed again on September 26, 2004.

In July 2005, the drive-in reopened under new ownership and a new name, the Riverside Drive-In.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Todd Ament

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

teecee on March 9, 2005 at 8:01 am

Link for more information & photo:

Most recent user comment states that demolition is forthcoming shortly.

KRYPTONCOWBOY on July 8, 2005 at 9:34 am

The Galaxy Drive in will re-open under new ownership on July 20, 2005.
It’s name has been changed to the Riverside Drive-In.

The name change was made by the new owner Ament Theatres, Inc. to avoid any connection with the debts or other problems associated with the former Galaxy Drive-In operators. The opening features will be “Herbie The Love Bug” and “Madagascar”

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Is it near a river?

BobNJ on May 8, 2010 at 4:17 am

Q: “Is it near a river?”

A: Kiskiminetas River


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 8, 2010 at 7:23 am

Yes, it parked 250 cars and in 1956 it was operated by Hanna Theatre Services.Which ran quite a few Drive-ins in that state.

Chris1982 on October 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

Reply to an email that I sent to the Riverside Drive-In: Yes, we installed a Christie CP2230 in January.

DavidZornig on February 6, 2016 at 12:08 pm

July 4, 1968 print ad as Woodland Drive-In added, courtesy of the Riverside Drive-In Facebook page.

MichaelKilgore on December 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm

The Woodland was advertising itself “between Apollo and Leechburg” in May 1949.

The 1952 Theatre Catalog listed it as Lee’s Woodland, Exec: Harold A. Lee.

DavidZornig on August 19, 2020 at 2:27 pm

“Night of the Living Dead” coming to Riverside Drive-In.


MichaelKilgore on March 6, 2022 at 10:41 pm

Boxoffice, Aug. 4, 1958: “Harold V. Lee of Lee’s Woodland Drive-In Theatre on the Apollo-Leechburg Road, Route 66, is one of the hardest workers in the area. A Keppel Hill resident, he owns in excess of 200 acres of farm land in the general Vandergrift section. Here he operates sheep and turkey ranches, also he has a number of gas wells; he hold additional gas interests elsewhere; members of his family operate Lee’s long established general store. His motorized farm equipment are modern and "in use.” Harold drives a handsome ranch wagon on his visits to (Pittsburgh) Filmrow. His Woodland Drive-In is “up to date” in appointment and attractions and he operates his own concession business to the satisfaction of his good customers. An artificial lake on his property is “home” for area fishermen, and he operates a boat-rental service."

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