Eric Black Horse Pike Drive-In

2700 Mount Ephraim Avenue,
Camden, NJ 08104

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Previously operated by: Sameric Corporation

Architects: Sydney Jelinek

Previous Names: Black Horse Pike Drive-In

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Black Horse Pike Signs

Camden was the home of the first drive-in, so perhaps it’s fitting that the last place to see a movie there was a drive-in. The Black Horse Drive-In opened on August 4, 1965 with James Stewart in “Shenandoah” & Doris Day in “The Thrill of It All”. It later gained a second screen and was re-named Eric Black Horse pike Drive-In in 1978. It was closed in the 1980’s. It was owned by the Sameric chain and was notable for its tower, topped by a black horse.

A Postal Service distribution facility now occupies part of the site.

Contributed by RickB

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

kencmcintyre on January 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm

This drive-in was paved over years ago. Status should be closed/demolished. I do remember seeing the sign in the late sixties or thereabouts.

TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Interesting name.

kencmcintyre on March 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm

There is a Black Horse Pike in South Jersey that runs from the shore to Philadelphia. There is also a White Horse Pike (Route 30) that does the same. I think these date back to the nineteenth century. In Pleasantville there is the Old Black Horse Pike, which used to be a carriage road to Atlantic City. You can still follow it for a while.

ronnie21 on February 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

yeah in 1981 it was still open. heres an ad for :Student Bodies" from Aug of 81..

rivest266 on December 27, 2020 at 2:18 pm

The Black Horse Pike Drive-In opened on August 4th, 1965 with “Shenandoah” and “Thrill of it All”. Grand opening ad posted. It became Eric Black Horse Pike Drive-In in 1978 and closed in 1982.

davidcoppock on December 27, 2020 at 6:53 pm

Opened as a twin with “The spy who loved me” and “Moonraker”.

P on January 24, 2021 at 5:55 pm

Part of the sign structure is still there

Handler on August 6, 2021 at 1:34 am

I work there the snack bar burned but right before Eric corporate removed projection equipment always found that funny I think is was an insurance sram

DavidZornig on January 29, 2022 at 5:40 pm

Nice photo of the Black Horse Pike Drive-In on the Society for Commercial Archeology Facebook page.

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