Livingston Drive-In

590 W. Mount Pleasant Avenue,
Livingston, NJ 07039

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp., Liggett-Florin Booking Service

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Livingston Drive-In

The Livingston Drive-In was located between the Holiday Inn Hotel (now the Hotel Westminster) and a car dealership. It originally opened on April 3, 1953 with Dan Dailey in “Taxi” & John Derek in “Prince of Thieves”. It was operated by Phillip Smith Ct. & Ligget & Florin Ct. Later operated as part of the General Cinema chain, they closed it on September 8, 1980. GCC sold it to private owners who operated it until 1985 when the site was sold to developers who built an office complex.

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jayessar on September 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

I went to the Livingston Drive-in many times as a child. The eastern edge of the lot was used by day as a motor vehicle inspection station. Back then, yearly car inspections could only be performed at a state inspection station, not at a garage, but it was free. This inspection site was open-air, had only a small shed, and had 4 metal plates in the ground, on which the inspector would slam on the car brakes as he drove over them, thus measuring the braking ability of each wheel. A simple swing arm gate prevented night time theater patrons from inadvertantly driving over them. The drive-in was located on the north side of route 10, which is also called Mount Pleasant Avenue. The entrance was near Widger Chevrolet and Warnock-Ryan Dodge. I think that this was the place that provided us with a heater to use on a chilly evening.

jwmovies on October 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 590 West Mount Pleasant Avenue.

Regent St. was the entrance (long driveway) and splits where the drive-in stood. YMCA and the series of buildings across the street (including Topaz International) makes up the drive-in property.

puck30 on October 2, 2014 at 11:51 am

Yes it did provide heaters back in the day jayessar I was little but I remember them. Wonder if I could find one on ebay? lol!

orsonwellescinema on May 2, 2023 at 10:51 pm

Saw many double features here as a kid in the 70s. Cinderella, The Aristocats, The Apple Dumpling Gang movies.

MichaelKilgore on May 2, 2023 at 11:32 pm

The Livingston Drive-In ran an “Opening Soon” ad in the March 26, 1953 issue of the weekly Madison (NJ) Eagle. The following week, the drive-in’s ad said “Open Friday April 3”. Its first scheduled double feature was “Taxi” with Dan Dailey and “Prince of Pirates” with John Derek.

The Livingston Drive-In, then operated by General Cinema Theatres, held its last show on Monday, Sept. 8, 1980. The double feature was “Used Cars” with Kurt Russell and “The Hollywood Knights” with Robert Wuhl. The following day, its ad in the Daily Record of Northwest NJ said, “To our patrons - thanks for a / great summer. The Livingston Drive-In / in (typo) will be closed for the season.” The drive-in did not return to General Cinema’s 1981 ads.

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