Lincoln Drive-In

4846 W. Market Street,
York, PA 17408

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Budco

Previous Names: Lincoln Outdoor Theatre

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Photo courtesy of Darryl Zoller.

Located in Thomasville, to the west of York, PA. The Lincoln Outdoor Theatre on Highway 30 (Lincoln Highway W./W. Market Street) was opened June 3, 1948 with Dick Haymes in “Do You Love Me”. By the 1960’s it was operated by Budco. It was closed in 1986, but reopened on May 18 1989 by AMC, only to close at the end of that season. It was demolished in January 1997.

The site is now used as a lorry park.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Mikale on July 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

is the sign still standing? i recall seeing it in the past but havent been out that way in a while

57thst on July 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

no, it was demolished in the mid 90’s

57thst on July 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I’m trying to get CT to change the address. This is a York address not Thomasville which is unincorporated. May make it easier for people to look up.

DavidZornig on May 11, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Photo added courtesy of Darryl Zoller.

dallasmovietheaters on August 19, 2015 at 1:26 am

The first show for the Lincoln Drive-In appears to be on June 11, 1949 with Roy Rogers “On the Old Spanish Trail” when its first advertisements appear and run regularly to what appears to be its final showing on November 14, 1971. The final screenings are “Murder of Rue Morgue,” “Scream and Scream Again,” and “The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant.” If the closing features are correct, that’s a noble way for an ozoner to go. And for several years, the Lincoln Drive-In advertises a weekend flea market following its termination of outdoor films.

rivest266 on May 14, 2019 at 4:57 pm

This opened on June 3rd, 1948. Grand opening ad posted.

John Simmers
John Simmers on May 17, 2019 at 4:20 am

Imagine my surprise to see the above newspaper article. I wrote it, when I was a correspondent for the York Daily Record. As a theater buff, it was a lot of fun researching the history of the Lincoln and talking to people who’d been a part of it, particularly Earl Sitlinger, who’d managed it back in its heyday and had some great stories. The article went to a jump page not seen here but the gist of it is what you see above.

dallasmovietheaters on May 18, 2019 at 4:17 am

Closed after the 1989 single-year relaunch. Torn down January 1997.

dansdriveintheater on March 7, 2023 at 4:02 pm

The ramps still remain next to Charlie’s produce and crabs

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