Hi-Way Drive-In

3825 Lincoln Highway,
Latrobe, PA 15650

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Previously operated by: Manos Amusement Inc.

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Hi-Way Drive-In

The Hi-Way Drive-In was opened on August 4, 1948 with Victor Moore in “It Happened on Fifth Avenue”. It was closed in the fall of 2010 and was demolished in summer of 2011.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Double check, it parked 400 cars and was a Hanna Theatre Service Drive-in.

jwmovies on October 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

It looks like the ramps are still there.

dixonwh on September 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Demolished to make way for a CVS Pharmacy.

DavidZornig on October 7, 2015 at 1:29 am

Photo and copy added, courtesy of Gloria R. Nash.

MichaelKilgore on December 5, 2017 at 5:18 pm

From TribLive.com, June 9, 2011, “Nearly three months after the plan was proposed, Unity supervisors on Wednesday gave developers the go-ahead to demolish the landmark Hi-Way Drive-In along Route 30 to make way for a CVS pharmacy. …

“Lee and Kathy Zimmerman, who operated the 730-car drive-in until its final showing last fall also operated a popular flea market at the location every Sunday, … The drive-in was owned by Latrobe-based Dill Construction Co. and leased on a year-to-year basis by the Zimmermans.

“In May, P. Richard Ridilla, owner of the drive-in and the property it has sat on since 1950, wrote a letter to township officials indicating … that the Zimmermans said the drive-in and flea market have not been profitable for some time.”

RD on February 6, 2018 at 1:43 am

Manos Enterprises, ran the Hi Way under lease from Dills in the early 70s until the company retired from the Theatre Business in November 1993 with a Sale to Carmike Cinemas. The Hi-Way was not a part of this sale. Flea Markets were started by Manos and their Manager Jay Frankenberry Jr. The Riddelas and Ferraris kept the valuable land as a theatre as many family homes were located at the real of the drive IN.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on August 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Grand opening was on August 4, 1948 with “It Happened On Fifth Avenue”, starring Victor Moore and Charles Ruggles. However, another paper outside the area (can’t remember which one) posted a grand opening ad for the Hi Way on August 7 with “Stallion Road” starring Ronald Reagan. The latter was the first one I came across and have in my scrapbook; I just stumbled upon the August 4 ad from the Latrobe Bulletin. The only explanation I could think of is that there may have been a three-day delay in opening; other than that I have no idea how such an error could occur.

jwmovies on January 20, 2019 at 6:18 am

The address for this theater is now 3825 Lincoln Hwy. Latrobe PA 15650. This points to the entrance and exit roads. CVS didn’t take out the theater entirely just the side exit and screen. Most ramps and concession foundation are still visible.

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