Lawrence Drive-In

2783 U.S. 1 Business,
Trenton, NJ 08648

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Previously operated by: Walter Reade Theatres

Architects: S. Herbert Taylor

Previous Names: US 1 Drive-In

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Lawrence Drive-In

Located in Lawrence Township, two miles north of Trenton. This was one of 12 drive-in theatres operated by Walter Read Theatres. The Lawrence Drive-In opened on August 23, 1949 with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “Buck Privates” & Bill Elliot in “Wyoming”. It had a capacity for 850 cars. It was closed in 1983.

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InNJ on September 23, 2005 at 8:57 am

The Lawrence drive-in was located on US Rt 1 in Lawrence Twp NJ, just north of Trenton, and just north of the Brunswick Circle. It was owned by Hellman’s theaters, who also owned the Trenton Drive-In and the Morrisville (PA) Drive-In. In the 1950’s, the Lawrence had a live animal exhibit for pre-dusk viewing. The US1 Drive-In theater was the last new drive-in in the area (late 1960’s), and was located in Fairless Hills Pa on US Rt 1.

raymondgordonsears on September 23, 2005 at 12:54 pm

InNJ, The Morrisville D-I in Morrisville, Pa. was operated by Budco Theatres out of Doylestown, Pa. I was the dist. mgr. for this and the Ewing D-I in Ewing, N.J. in the 60’s. I have agreat color aerial picture of the Morrisville D-I. Its now a shopping ctr. rg

rivest266 on October 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I posted the grand opening ad in this theatre’s photo page.

jwmovies on October 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2783 U.S. 1 Business, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648. Located behind the Mercer County Library. Part of the entrance road is still visible behind the shopping center at this address.

Tine263 on April 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Does anyone have any information about this location? Besides the entrance road (small part), is there anything else remaining? Even something as small as tiles from the bathroom to a speaker pole….

Thank you.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I know Walter Reade theaters operated the Atlantic and Absecon Drive-In in the Atlantic City area.

realgone222 on July 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

There are townhouses built on this site now and all remnants of the theater are gone. There was a sign that was removed a couple of years ago near the southbound side of the road. The Bing areal maps still show the field probably from 2004 or so but that’s whats left of the bygone era.

MrX on November 9, 2014 at 8:23 pm

We remember sneaking in the back fence on Allen Lane drunk as hell watching the movies free of charge and making fools out of ourselves in front of the screen pissing off the other patrons.

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