Bay Drive-In

550 Coolidge Avenue,
Toms River, NJ 08753

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Previously operated by: Liggett-Florin Booking Service, Walter Reade Theatres

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Bay Drive-In

Listed in the 1955 edition of Theatre Catalog as being located in Island Heights. Located off Highway 37 at Coolidge Avenue, the Bay Drive-In opened in July 1949 with James Stewart in “The Stratton Story”. It had a car capacity of 300 cars. It was opened by Ed Brown and operated by the Liggett-Florin Booking Agency from New York. Eventually the car capacity was increased to 650. In 1958, the Triangle Theatre Service was listed as the buying and booking service for the theatre. In 1963, Walter Reade Theatres took over the operations of the drive-in. The Bay Drive-In remained open until the mid-1970’s when it finally closed. It was demolished and it is now residential housing on the site.

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jwmovies on November 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

The above address is incorrect.

The address for this drive-in was 2033 Adams Ave.

Bookbinder is where the theater stood.

Please update.

Chris1982 on November 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

The drive-in display ads list the drive-ins location as Highway 37.

DavidZornig on September 19, 2019 at 8:20 pm

Post closing marquee photo added courtesy Robert Oberkehr.

DavidZornig on August 12, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Grand Opening July 1949 with “The Stratton Story” starring James Stewart and June Allyson. Grand Opening ad added.

Jamey_monroe45 on September 19, 2023 at 12:04 am

550 Coolidge Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753.

This points directly to where the screen stood.

Please update.

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