In Orefield, PA, Wilson Shankweiler built and opened the first drive in theater in Pennsylvania, which was only the second drive in built in America, on April 15, 1934. Shankweiler’s Drive In has been in continuous operation for over 75 years!
By 1948, car speakers with accompanying speaker poles were installed on the grounds and the drive in was immensely popular. In 1955, however, Hurricane Diane leveled the projection booth and screen. The drive in was quickly restored when the projection booth was rebuilt and a new CinemaScope screen, a snack bar and a restroom were added. The drive in was given the ability to have the movie broadcast through your car’s AM radio dial in 1982 and by 1986 Shankweiler’s Drive In was the first drive in theater to offer the film’s audio through your vehicle’s FM radio. The sound system was further upgraded in 2002 with the addition of Red L.E.D Spectral Ã‚Â© recorded analog soundtrack readers and a cinema sound processor.
Family run Shankweiler’s Drive In is open seasonally from April until September. In April and May, the drive in is open on the weekends and then 7 days a week in June, July, and August. Admission is $8 per adult (cash only!) for the double feature. The box office opens after 6pm and the movie starts around 8 or 8:30 pm, depending on night fall. Make sure you stop by and get a funnel cake and lemonade from the snack bar!