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Just got the sad news from Brian Butko’s Lincoln Highway News blog that the Hi Way Drive In Theatre in Latrobe PA is going to be demolished and replaced by a CVS. So sad!

Hi-Way Drive In Big Sky Country

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A real, live vaudeville show in an authentic vintage theatre? Yep! It’s happening for real from June 9-12 at the beautiful reopened Broadway Theatre in Pitman, NJ.

What a lovely way to step back in time while stepping out for the evening!

Broadway Theatre Pitman NJ Neon Sign-Large

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Isn’t this just a gorgeous art deco theatre facade? TOTALLY worth the detour into downtown Talladega AL to see The Ritz Theatre.
Ritz Theatre Talladega AL Movie Theatre Exterior

Look at those great, shiny glass tiles- the geometric Aztec influence designs, fabulous neon facade and zigzag top? now THAT’s Art Deco!

According to their website:

Talladega’s Ritz Theatre (circa 1936) is considered one of the best surviving examples of the Art Deco mainstreet theatres of the 1930’s.

And I’m not about to argue that.

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Closed for the season when we drove by on a Saturday morning, Bill’s Belmont Drive In in Belmont  NC has been providing the greater Charlotte area with that classic summer drive in movie experience for over 50 years.
Belmont Drive In SignWith room for almost 300 cars, they offer two first run shows, full service snack bar and Dolby surround sound at the bargain price of $4 per person.

Belmont Drive In ScreenThe Belmont is one of only 6 drive in movie theaters in North Carolina, so if you’re in the area and have a hankerin to see a film under the stars, visit the Belmont!

Belmont Drive In
314 McAdenville Road
Belmont, NC 28012-2424
(704) 825-6044

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We were only able to drive past the West Shore Theatre in New Cumberland PA this past weekend, but I think I’ve developed a crush on this little movie house located just outside of Harrisburg.

West Shore Theatre(Who doesn’t love the sight of a family rushing towards an independent cinema on a Saturday night?)


In the 70+ years that this theater has been located on the west shore of the Susquehanna river it has had only had 2 owners in that entire time (the current owner bought it in the mid-1980’s).

A photo of the theatre from the 1940’s show that the exterior has been kept true to its original design, and the neon marquee as you can see is in fine form.

Prices are said to be reasonable, and nary a bad word about this cheery little can be found on any of the major review sights (though boo, their website has lapsed).

Click here to see a great photo of the West Shore taken in the daytime and notice the details, from the horizontal stripes, to the great font used on the marquee, the box office to the left, the circular windows in the doors. They sure don’t make ’em like they used to.

I’d love to make a trip back there to check out the interior, but from what I read and see, this place is a keeper already – RetroRoadmap stamp of approval!

The West Shore Theatre
317 Bridge Street
New Cumberland, PA 17070-2160
(717) 774-7160

PS- while turning around the RetroRoadmobile to photograph the theatre, we saw more neon across the street and got some cool vintage clothing at  Checkered Past!

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While doing some research for my fave local theater, The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville PA I came across a cool website called Another Old Movie Blog sharing the news that The Colonial Theatre in Canaan CT is for sale. If you’ve ever wanted your very own movie house, here’s your chance!

Colonial Theatre Canaan CT AnotherOldMovieBlog(October 2010 photo courtesy of Another Old Movie Blog)

Blog owner Jacqueline T Lynch writes:

Built in 1923, this old movie house is on the National Register of Historic Places. Weathering the decades and changes in film, and audience, the Colonial was closed in 1997, but later re-opened to include live theatre as well as movies.

Have a look here at this website more photos, including the nifty interior, and at this website for more history on this theater. Hopefully somebody will see possibilities for the future while respecting its past.

Thanks Jacqueline for bringing this to our attention – perhaps there’s someone out there who wants to own a little theatre in this cute little corner of Connecticut.

The Colonial Theatre
27 Railroad Street
Canaan, CT 06018
(860) 824-4488

Take a look at the street view of The Colonial Theatre to check out the charming downtown of Canaan with its green striped awnings and vintage sign at Mahaiwe Jewelry right next door to the theater. Here’s a link to a photo of the Mahaiwe Jewelry sign from the awe-inspiring roadside photographs of Debra Jane Seltzer.

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Thanks to a post on American Road Magazine’s facebook page I found out that some meanies broke into the Chief Drive-in movie theatre in Chickasha, OK trashed the place and stole a buncha stuff. The Chief Drive In was built in 1949 and is one of the last standing Drive-Ins in the state of Oklahoma. There’s info below on what happened and how you can help.

Chief Drive In Logo RetroRoadmap.com

From The Chief’s website:

*Announcement*  Someone broke in and destroyed the concession stand and vandalized the box office.

They stole almost all of our supplies, candy, pop, golf balls, and ruined all of our food in the freezers. They also stole our sound system including all of the speakers. They stole almost everything including our jump box and all trash cans. We will try to have it back up and running by next weekend. We will keep you informed.

You can now donate on our site. Also you can mail any donations to Arvest Bank in care of The Chief Drive In 1927 S. 4th Chickasha, OK 73018.

Here’s a link to their Facebook page if you want to add them to your faves as well.

The Chief Drive-In Theatre
3854 N Highway 81
Chickasha, OK, 73018
405-224-1515

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