Super Castle Drive-In

2501 W. State Street,
New Castle, PA 16101

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Previously operated by: Co-Operative Theaters

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Super Castle Drive-In

The Super Castle Drive-In was opened on April 16, 1948 with Joe E. Brown in “Riding on Air” & William Boyd in “Hopalong Casidy Returns”. It was a single screen drive-in just outside of New Castle PA in Union. It was interesting, because the screen was done up like a castle, and had big turrets on each end. It was still open in the 1960’s

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kencmcintyre on January 20, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Here is a June 1955 ad from the New Castle News:

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 21, 2010 at 3:31 am

The ad just posted pretty much confirms the location I pointed out on 8/24/09. 3 Miles West of New Castle on Hwy 224. There is a Wal-Mart SuperCenter a few blocks away, but not at the old drive-in property.

I would say the Franklin address is incorrect.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 21, 2010 at 4:34 am

Guess I need to retract parts of my comments. Looking at 1993 imagery on Google Earth, there was a larger drive-in on the SW corner of 224 and 60, East of Winter Rd. Less than ½ mile apart from the other drive-in. Yes, a Wal-Mart occupies the site.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 15, 2010 at 8:09 am

It was owned in 1956 by Co-Op which ran a lot of drive-ins in that state.

Jack Oberleitner
Jack Oberleitner on August 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

The Super Castle was certainly the nicer of the two area drive-ins. It had a larger field, a large concession stand and very large block and concrete screen tower. Screens “wings” were added for cinemascope in the mid-50’s. By the 60’s the Super Castle was running first-run product with the Penn Theatre, downtown. Often the filmco’s would allocate a single print for the town. Ushers would take one reel (20 minutes) from the Penn projection booth and swap it for a reel at the drive-in. The two theatres were more than 5 miles apart. Timing was very important and too many red lights or a train would result in a dark screen until the usher could make it back to one theatre or another. This “bicycling prints” program continued until a train hit an usher’s car, hurting him and destroying his car. After that there were always enough prints available and nobody had to share.

jwmovies on December 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm


gpklmn464 on July 12, 2013 at 7:26 am

the wal mart sits where the castle was…..the drivein about ½ west from there was the Parkstown, it was located next to a roller rink and across from Rileys fun spot. ( all are gone now)

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Just uploaded a aerial from 1958..

Plus one for the Skyline down the road

50sSNIPES on November 19, 2021 at 6:29 pm

During its last few years of operation, the theater screened X-rated films, and had a variety of vehicle accidents and robberies. It was closed in 1972.

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