Today marks the 79th anniversary of the first drive-in theater opening in the U.S., and while many of the outdoor institutions are long gone, it’s good to know that Pittsburghers can still celebrate the occasion properly. The area is home to a number of fully operational drive-ins, many of which are open seven days a week and offer affordable entertainment. Chances are that no matter where you live in the city, you’re just miles away from one of these outdoor screens.
Twin Hi-Way Drive-In
Located in McKees Rocks, Twin Hi-Way is the closest drive-in to downtown Pittsburgh with a drive of just 13 miles. The establishment is open seven days a week, with movies usually starting at 9 p.m. Prices range from $6.50 for adults, $3.25 for kids 6-11 and seniors, and admission is free for kids under 6.
This four-screen establishment has provided entertainment to movie goers since 1950, and shows no sign of slowing down. Situated in Moon Township – almost 30 miles outside Pittsburgh – Dependable Drive-In boasts a large snack bar complete with a dollar menu, and they accept major credit cards. Admission is $6.50 for adults and $2 for kids 6-11.
Expect an hour drive when visiting Evergreen Drive-In in Mount Pleasant, but the trip is worth it to experience this historic theater. Opened in 1947, it’s among the oldest in the country, and its continued run is thanks to the dedication of people like Joe Warren, whose family bought Evergreen in 1999. It’s open seven days a week and shows movies on three separate screens. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6-11 and free for kids 5 and under.
Like Evergreen, Riverside Drive-In requires some travel time – about 45 minutes from the city – but movie buffs can spare some gas money for a visit. Opened in 2005, they offer more than the usual summer blockbusters with events like the annual Drive-In Super Monster-Rama, two nights of classic horror and exploitation movies from the golden age of drive-in-theaters. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., seven days a week. Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for kids 6-11 and free for kids 5 and under. Patrons can also take advantage of the Sunday carload specials where it’s $16 for up to six people ages 6 and up.