Scarboro Drive-In

929 Kennedy Road,
Scarborough, ON M1K

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Undated exterior photo courtesy of Ignazia Vella via the Vintage Toronto Facebook page.

This drive-in theatre was located on the east side of Kennedy Road at Ranstone Gardens (south of Lawrence Avenue East).

It had a ‘gala opening’ on June 19, 1952.

Was advertised as having the biggest screen in Canada, a supervised kiddyland and ‘double car ramping’ to bring you closer to the screen. The opening attraction was “Summer Holiday”, starring Mickey Rooney and Gloria DeHaven.

Drive-ins were a fairly new concept at the time and were being marketed as the perfect form of family entertainment. Many of Scarborough’s residents through the 1950s, 60s and early 70s enjoyed an evening at the Scarboro Drive-In.

In 1963 the Drive-In began offering Sunday shows. However, by the late 1970s, the changing community and increased traffic on Kennedy Road made it difficult for the Scarboro Drive-In to continue operating successfully and the facilities were closed. The City of Scarborough later acquired the property and built Jack Goodlad Park and community centre.

Jack Goodlad Park still exists as of this post, July 2008.

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Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

kencmcintyre on June 25, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Here is an ad for a horror movie at the Scarboro in 1973:

laurencejones on December 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Hello, I’m a UoT student doing a research project on drive-in theatres in Toronto and the GTA. I was wondering if anyone here on the site had any information or experiences they would be happy to share for my research? Anything at all would be very helpful!

jarod on September 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Hi laurencejones,

Drive-ins were terrific but it is too bad the next generation are missing out on an exciting experience. Lining up early to get the good parking spot and pray the speaker works, praying it won’t rain, and most of all it was inexpensive. How can you complain about a 6 story or so favourite actor looking back at you. Running to the concession to beat dozens to the washroom etc. What joy. An experience worth sharing with anyone. But I am not sure what you want in info about any of them. But too bad about the Teepee and the Pickering. I can’t even remember how they went bye-bye or why.

DavidDymond on September 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

This drive-in and most of the others in Toronto area were owned and operated by Twentieth Century Theatres, an operating company in association with the great Famous Players Canadian Corporation Limited!!

rivest266 on March 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

June 19th, 1952 grand opening ad in photo section.

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