Rose Drive-In

3409 Harrison City-Jeannette Road,
Harrison City, PA 15636

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Rose Drive-In

Opened on May 15, 1952 with a capacity for 800 cars and the films "Happy Go Lovely" and "Drums in the Deep South". Located on PA 180 (now PA 130) between Jeannette and Trafford, Westmoreland County. The Rose Drive-In was one of several drive-ins in the Greater Pittsburgh area owned by the Warren family.

Apparently, it didn’t last very long; an article in the April 23, 1957 issue of Jeannette’s News-Dispatch mentioned the developement of 250 houses at Rose Acres, "one mile west of Harrison City, where the old Rose Drive-In was".

Contributed by Denny Pine

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm

It must have closed a few years later cause it is not in the 1956 Motion Picture Almamac listing Drive-ins.

TLSLOEWS on March 11, 2011 at 8:25 am

Who ever owned the land it was on maybe knew that it was to be redeveloped and ran a drive-in till they got a good offer for the land and said I,ll take it.The cities love homes to collect much more taxes than a drive-in could bring in.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Sure could use an address or crossroads. I’ve also seen this Drive-In listed as being in Jeannette?

More info and photos are always welcome.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on November 6, 2012 at 5:51 am

The Rose Drive-In site now consists of housing on two streets, Pamela Drive and Rose Avenue. From PA 130 East, 8/10 of a mile past the PA Turnpike overpass, the right turn onto Pamela was originally the turnoff road to the drive-in.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on November 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

The address is: 3409 Harrison City Rd Jeanette Rd Harrison City, PA 15636

Nickel on March 27, 2018 at 11:11 am

I’m looking to get a copy of the aerial picture of Rose drive in, any suggestion?

MichaelKilgore on September 6, 2019 at 9:24 am

On Sept. 5, 2019, the Beaver County Times wrote “Starting their local empire in 1949 with the Rose Drive-In in Harrison City, the Warrens eventually came to own the Blue Dell and Bel-Aire drive-ins in North Huntingdon and the Super 30 Drive-In in Irwin.”

On the other hand, I can’t find any listing for the Rose before the 1952 Theatre Catalog.

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