Anthony Wayne Drive-In

67 Willowbrook Boulevard,
Wayne, NJ 07470

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Anthony Wayne Drive-In

Opened on July 6, 1967 with Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady”. This theatre was demolished and the site is now Costco and Sports Authority. Located south of Willowbrook Boulevard across from the Firestone Store.

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pbubny on December 9, 2005 at 2:23 pm

The Loews Wayne 14 might also occupy some of the land formerly given over to the Anthony Wayne. One of the last drive-ins to close in northern New Jersey, and also the only D/I I’ve ever been to. I think it was around 1978 or ‘79. The budding cinephile in me kinda sneered at the drive-in experience then (picture too dark, audio coming out of a froggy-sounding speaker, people POSSIBLY NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE MOVIE), but there was also a communal, summer-outdoorsy vibe that I haven’t forgotten. The closest I’ve come to it since then has been at outdoor concerts. Now I actually envy people who can visit a drive-in without having to make a road trip out of it. Today, if I want a drive-in experience (and I just might, one of these summers), I’ll have to go either out of state to upstate New York or northeastern Pennsylvania, or down to Vineland in South Jersey, where a new drive-in has opened in NJ for the first time in what seems like about 200 years. Either way, I’m talking about a drive of 70 to 100 miles.

ivacadmus on May 16, 2008 at 11:27 am

I went to this theater from April 1969 till we moved out of state in 1973. I still have a ticket stub in my scrapbook where they carged $2.50 for two movies. I remember they would have people knocking on your car windows with empty pop corn tubs to collect for “The Will Rodgers Fund.” Thanks for the memories, Nostalgic Girl

MovieMan____1952 on June 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I did not manage this theatre but as manager of the Willowbrook Cinema and the Little Cinema in the mall I audited this theatre for the owner Spyro Lenas. Tragically the manager of this Drive-In was killed in a hold-up. They did make an arrest and conviction in this case.

DavidZornig on September 6, 2015 at 11:10 pm

1972 print ad added courtesy of Keith West.

Catdog50 on January 6, 2016 at 7:37 pm

I was just watching Chasing Classic Cars, and Wayne Carini purchased a vintage 25' neon sign that said “Wayne Drive In”. Could this be a remnant?

davidcoppock on October 19, 2018 at 1:02 am

Opened on 6/7/1966 with “My fair lady”. 1367 cars.

Dave Lounder THE DRIVE-IN THEATRE PRESERVATION SOCIETY on August 8, 2023 at 10:20 am

@MovieMan__1952: Was the hold-up at the Drive-In? Can you provide the backstory? Thank you!

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