Moonlite Drive-In

2743 Morgantown Road,
Smithfield, PA 15478

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Previously operated by: Manos Amusement Inc.

Previous Names: York Run Open Air Theatre

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Located on Route 119 South (Morgantown Road), in the York Run section of Fairchance, to the south of Smithfield, PA. The York Run Open Air Theatre was opened July 7, 1948 with the western “Black Gold” starring Anthony Quinn. It was operated by Steve Danko, Danko, Sharp & Duncan and had a capacity for 300 cars.

It was renamed Moonlite Drive-In on April 1, 1949, when it was still operated by Steve Danko with Co-operative Theatre Services. The location was now given as being in Smithfield PA, and the car capacity had increased to 350. In 1952 it was operated by Steve Danko, Danko, Sharpe & Dugan and Louis Hanna of Hanna Theatre Services, out of Pittsburgh, PA. In 1955 it had the same operators, but Hanna Theatre Services had been renamed Stearn-Hanna Co-Operative Theatre Services.

In the 1957 edition of Film Daily Yearbook it is listed as the Moonlight Open Air Theatre

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

jwmovies on October 27, 2012 at 2:38 am

Approx. location for this drive-in was on Big 6 Rd. just south of the intersection of Morgantown Rd & York Run Rd. Now an empty field.

Kenmore on October 1, 2015 at 10:11 pm

The address is 2743 Morgantown Rd, Smithfield, PA. Today, the property is one big open field and offers no trace that a drive-in ever existed in that location.

RD on June 6, 2017 at 12:50 am

The Moonlite Drive In was leased to Manos Enterprises of Greensburg, PA. In the late 50’s It continued to operate under their management until the late 70s (I Think). I managed the Drive in in1970 to 72. It was always a nice drive in, and a nice drive from anywhere in the area. As with most drive ins the profits fell, with the longer play times the film companies demanded. and this made the Corporate Run drive ins no longer profitable. Dan Hughes.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on January 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

Renamed Moonlite on April 1, 1949.

50sSNIPES on January 9, 2023 at 3:19 am

Closed in the mid-1980s.

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