Hill Top Drive-In

210 Pensylvania 837,
Monongahela, PA 15063

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Previously operated by: Manos Amusement Inc.

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Hill Top Drive-In

The Hill Top was located in Carroll Township and opened on September 20, 1950 with Betty Grable in “Wabash Avenue”. In April 1968 it was taken over by Manos Amusement Inc. It was last owned by Monessen Amusement Co. It was closed on September 26, 1982 with Mark Hamill in “Star Wars” & Gary Coleman in “On the Right Track”.

In 1997 an assisted living facility named Residence at Hilltop was built on the site.

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dave-bronx™ on January 7, 2007 at 6:59 am

In May 1965, the Valley Independent reports: At the Hilltop Drive-in, Carroll Township, “Strange Bedfellows” with Rock Hudson and Gina Lollabrigida. The cost was only $1.10 per carload.

dave-bronx™ on January 7, 2007 at 7:03 am

The capacity of the Hilltop was 200 cars. It was torn down and a retirement home built on the site.

LouisRugani on July 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm

(The Valley Independent, April 25, 1968)
Manos theatre chain adds a Valley drive-in

  • Manos Enterprises, Inc., has added another link to its theatre
    chain. It’s Hilltop Drive-In in Carroll Twp. which will open
    officially under Manos operation next Wednesday, May 1.
    The theatre was closed for the winter.
    Records in Washington County courthouse reveal the property was acquired by Berlo Vending Co. of Delaware on March 4 at a sheriff’s sale for $1,994.51. The property was previously owned by Paul Delvitto of Penn.
    In turn, Berlo Vending Co. has sold the theatre to Manos, although tbe transaction has not yet been recorded. Purchase price was not disclosed. The theatre will open with the recently named “best picture” of the year â€" “In the Heat of the Night,” starring “best actor” Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier. A co-feature will be the comedy “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.” The Hilltop becomes the 22nd unit in the Manos theatre chain which extends throughout Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In the Valley the Coyle, State and Manos theatres are owned by Manos Enterprises, Inc. Manager of the Hilltop will be a Charleroi resident, Ken Haywood, a senior at Charleroi Area High School. Haywood has theatre operating experience having assisted Lewis Guidetti at the Coyle in Charleroi. The Hilltop will be open every night. “We hope to offer the public movies of quality,” commented Joseph Bugala, general manager of Manos Enterprises, Inc.
RD on June 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I managed the Hill Top Drive In Theatre from 1973 to 1976. We started Flea Markets, Built a new Playground, Held Concerts with local bands, and Did a lot of hard work and long days. Great Loyal customers, and great fellow employees. Dan Hughes

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on September 20, 2022 at 6:53 pm

The Hilltop’s final night of operation was on September 26, 1982 with the original “Star Wars” and “On The Right Track”. A front page article from the May 14, 1983 issue of the Monessen Valley Independent indicated that the drive-in would not reopen. The site remained dormant until 1997 when the Residence At Hilltop assisted living facility was built there.

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