Hillside Drive-In

5210 Marlboro Pike,
Capitol Heights, MD 20743

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Previously operated by: Sidney B. Lust Theaters, Wineland Theatres

Architects: Ted Rogvoy

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Hillside Drive-In

The Hillside Drive-In opened August 24, 1953 with Ava Gardner in “Ride Vaquero”. It had a capacity for 720 cars. It also had 250 outdoor seats for walk in customers. It was operated by Sydney B. Lust Theatres and was taken over by Wineland Theaters in 1956. A large outdoor stage was constructed at the base of the screen tower, and beneath the stage were several dressing rooms. This drive-in closed in November 1988 and was demolished in 1993.

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ElCartero on June 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm

You have to see this page. Contains some great old photos, plus there’s a short documentary film about the Hillside and a first-person account from a guy whose dad used to manage the snackbar and thus spent much of his childhood there.

rivest266 on June 22, 2015 at 4:51 pm

August 23rd, 1953 grand opening ad in photo section.

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Drive-In 54 on July 19, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Uploaded flyer for the DI from 1961. Wineland Theatres was the operators.

davidcoppock on December 31, 2018 at 9:20 am

Demolished in 1993. Site is now a baseball field owned by the nearby Oakcrest Community Center.

MichaelKilgore on January 6, 2020 at 8:48 am

The April 3, 1954 issue of Boxoffice ran a two-page story on the Hillside with several photos. “Travelers on the heavily-trafficked highway cannot fail to be impressed by the huge screen tower with an animated name sign. The tower is further enhanced by giant theatre masks representing laughter and sadness.”

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