Super 40 Drive-In

1230 National Highway,
La Vale, MD 21502

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Aerial Photo from 1960 courtesy of USGS & Earth Explorer

The Super 40 Drive-In opened April 8, 1950 with Sylvia Sidney “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”. This single screen drive-in had a capacity for 450 cars. The Super 40 Drive-In closed October 29 1961 with James Darren in “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” & “The Empress Princess”. It was demolished in March 1962.

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jwmovies on December 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1242 National Highway, now in Cumberland, MD 21502.

Above address is now McDonald’s. The freeway ramp west of this to the shopping roughly about ½ block to the east is where the drive-in stood.

Ronaldhoff on September 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm

The correct address was 1230 National Hwy. There is a shopping center with a Mr. Tire and a Staples currently on this site.

Ronaldhoff on September 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm

jwmovies is referring to the Crystal Drive In. Only an A&P Market and Laundromat separated both drive ins at one time!

dallasmovietheaters on July 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

On April 8, 1950 and the Super 40 Drive-In Theatre had its grand opening with “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine.” They had free popcorn while casting moon beams with their continuous lighting. You could watch the movie from the snack bar. The theatre closed on October 29, 1961 with “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” and “The Empress Princess.” It’s final duty was a lot for a Christmas trees in December of 1961 and then would be demolished in March of 1962 for a Miracle Mart, a fledgling national chain of retail stores. And the Allegany County Tax Collector came calling for back taxes later in 1962.

DavidZornig on December 29, 2018 at 6:17 pm

Marquee image added via Brenda Kline.

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