Carlin Drive-In

3006 Druid Park Drive,
Baltimore, MD 21215

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Previously operated by: National Amusements

Architects: Stanislaus Russell

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The Carlin Drive-In opened on June 20, 1958 with William Holden in “The Bridge on the River Kwai”. It had a capacity for 1,800 cars. This drive-in was built on the site of the former Carlin’s Amusement Park. The Carlin Drive-In closed on November 27, 1977 with “Tonco” & “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. It was last operated by National Amusements.

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jwmovies on September 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 3006 Druid Park Drive.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

According to his obituary on this web page, Stanislaus Russell was the associate architect of Carlin’s Drive-In. It was his last commission. Half a century earlier he had been involved with the design of two Baltimore Theatres; the Carey Theatre in 1915 and the Little Theatre in 1927.

rivest266 on February 6, 2017 at 1:57 am

The June 20th, 1958 grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on September 24, 2018 at 11:24 am

Final night of operation was November 27, 1977 with “Tonco” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.

MichaelKilgore on March 1, 2022 at 8:52 pm

The Modern Theatre section of the Sept. 8, 1958 issue of Boxoffice had a two-page feature on the Carlin Drive-In. Its top feature was its paved viewing area, for which the “cost for this excellent surface was approximately $1 per square yard.”

My favorite sentence: “The theatre is surrounded by a seven-foot redwood picket fence topped with three strands of barbed wire.”

The article never used the apostrophe-s with the name. At a minimum, “Carlin Drive-In” should be an alternate name for this record.

MichaelKilgore on March 15, 2022 at 11:01 am

Looks like Carlin’s, with the apostrophe, should also be an alternate name. ;)

Boxoffice, July 28, 1958: “Purchase of an admission ticket for Carlin’s Drive-In between 6 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday admits the patron to a swim in the adjacent Olympic Pool until 8 o'clock show time, according to Manager Stanley Stern. The swimming pool happens to be handy since it is the one remaining attraction that was part of the original Carlin’s Amusement Park, the site of which has been converted to the 1,800-car drive-in.”

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