Shamokin Drive-In

156 State Route 226,
Shamokin, PA 17872

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Shamokin Drive-In

Located on Route 122 at Arena Gardens, Lancaster Switch. The Shamokin Drive-In Theatre opened on Friday, July 14th, 1950, with the feature “Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend” starring Bette Grable. It was operated by W.S. Finch and by 1955 it was operated by Walter F. Finch.

Route 122 was decommissioned in 1963, and by the 1970’s, Arena Gardens was a roller skating rink.

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Kenmore on March 8, 2020 at 1:09 pm

A closer address, at least using Google Maps, is 156 State Route 2026, Shamokin, PA.

The drive-in appears in a 1951 aerial photo intact and seemingly operational. It was still intact in 1966. But by 1968 the entire property was razed and a shopping center put in its place.

At some point after 1968, the roads were moved which restructured the property. Today, there is no trace of the drive-in remaining.

davidcoppock on March 9, 2020 at 10:22 am

Also opened with a Mighty Mouse cartoon(not named), and a Three Stooges short film(not named).

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