Downs Auto Drive-In

501 S. Broadway Street,
Wheeling, WV 26003

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Previously operated by: Manos Amusement Inc.

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Downs Auto Drive-In

The Downs Auto Drive-In was opened on June 2, 1967 with Anne Baxter in “The Tall Woman” & Janet Scott in “Bikini Paradise”. and closed at the end of 1977 season. It was mentioned in the documentary "Drive-In Movie Memories" in 2001.

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jwmovies on September 27, 2012 at 1:44 am

It was on Wheeling Island. The northernmost parking lot for the casino and stadium is where the drive-in stood. The name comes from the track Wheeling Downs. Approx. address was 500 South Broadway.

kennerado on March 29, 2020 at 6:55 pm

Built in the late 60’s or early 70’s. it was a smallish site with short ramps.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 2, 2022 at 7:40 am

501 S Broadway St would be a better address as that is where the parking lot is. 500 is a house across the street.

Kenmore on January 2, 2022 at 8:29 am

Probably closed by the mid to late 1970s. By 1982, South York Street was extended which divided the property in two. The screen was torn down by 1994 while the concession stand/projection booth remained until at least 1997.

MichaelKilgore on January 3, 2022 at 8:22 am

The 1966 aerial photo of the site showed a racing oval, later repeated on those slow-to-update topo maps. So it looks like the Downs Auto was built in 1967.

Boxoffice, May 29, 1967: “George Pappas, general manager of Manos Theatres, reports his circuit will take over the Hazelwood Theatre at Chardon Wednesday (31). Manos' new drive-in at Wheeling, W. Va., has been named Downs Auto.”

50sSNIPES on June 11, 2023 at 12:16 pm

Opened on June 2, 1967 with “The Tall Woman” and “Bikini Paradise”, and closed after the 1977 season.

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