Morris Plains Drive-In

2040 New Jersey 10,
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

Previous Names: Route 10 Drive-In

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Morris Plains Drive-In...Morris Plains New Jersey

The Route 10 Drive-In was opened April 8, 1948 with John Mills in “Great Expectations” & Lynne Roberts in “The Magnificent Rogue”. In 1955 the Morris Plains Drive-In was operated by Frank Damis, Eastern Management Outdoor Theatres of Newark. Later operated by General Cinema Theatre.

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Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

teecee on August 20, 2006 at 12:39 pm

The Sound of Music played here on August 17, 1968:
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moviebuff82 on February 24, 2007 at 7:45 am

what’s in place of the drive in? At the intersection is a bunch of retail space that has taken up the space of the farm.

filmfanz on February 29, 2008 at 9:19 am

If my memory serves correctly, the entrance for the drive-in would have been almost exactly where the BARNES and NOBLE stands right now…and the parking/viewing area would have been where the Campus Drive Corporate Park marrs the landscape.

moviebuff82 on February 29, 2008 at 11:26 am

that must’ve been some big space for such a drive-in.

jayessar on September 25, 2012 at 6:27 am

Entrance was on Route 10 westbound, beyond Route 202, but before Route 53. The screen was near the road, and was parellel with Route 10.

jwmovies on October 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2040 New Jersey 10.

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Drive-In 54 on January 25, 2016 at 7:00 am

The address is:

2040 New Jersey 10 Morris Plains, NJ 07950

rivest266 on January 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm

This opened on April 8th, 1948. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

tgamann on October 26, 2020 at 7:22 pm

Glad to read everyone’s comments about the Morris Plains Drive-In. My older brother – who turned 67 today, sister, and I all worked there in the 70s. I started in 1974, picking up the parking lot garbage in the morning (snack bar trash, beer bottles, and the occasional condom). Then I got to work with my siblings in the snack bar. The popcorn was ok, pizza not too terrible, soda had too much syrup, and hamburgers and hot dogs that didn’t sell were kept for up to 3 days. Didn’t know the Dolands – probably before my time. Our manager was good guy named Jim; I think his last name was Girardo. The projectionist was an affable guy named Jules who didn’t hear too well after years of working in that loud booth. Now, two college degrees and many years in hi-tech later, I have to say working at the MPDI was more interesting than most of what I do for work today.

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