Hill-Top Drive-In

124 Chicora Road,
Butler, PA 16001

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Hill-Top Drive-In

Located on Lick Hill (Route 68), Summit Township/Oakland Township to the north of East Butler. The Hill-Top Drive-In was opened June 26, 1952 with Esther Williams in “Texas Carnival” & Randolph Scott in “China Sky” It was operated by Howard H. Smith, R.N. Trautman and Louis Hanna of Hanna Theatre Services, Pittsburgh. By 1955 it was operated by R.N. Trautman.

The Hill-Top Drive-In had closed by the mid-1960’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Kenmore on April 21, 2018 at 3:36 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is Chicora Road and Sullivan Road, Butler, PA. This address is close to the entrance road, which is on the south side and leads to the remains on the drive-in on Lick Hill.

The drive-in is overgrown, but still intact with the screen, concession stand/projection booth, and ramps still in place.


TomMc11 on May 21, 2018 at 11:31 am

Wow, this one was quite the secluded ozoner. Pretty much nothing visible from the road due to A) It’s on a hilltop, thus the name, and B) Forest!

TomMc11 on May 21, 2018 at 11:34 am

http://drive-ins.com/gallery/pathil2/hilltop-drive-in-theater-butler-pa for pictures.

jwmovies on January 19, 2019 at 10:45 pm

A more accurate address for this theater would be 124 Chicora Rd. Butler PA 16001.

Please update.

KenLayton on January 20, 2019 at 9:41 am

Maybe someone could reopen this theater?

Kenmore on January 20, 2019 at 10:54 am

Re-opening a theater that has been closed for a half-century is no easy task.

Aerial photos show the drive-in appeared well-maintained into the early 1970s, so perhaps it remained opened or there was hope to re-open it.

MichaelKilgore on March 6, 2022 at 6:42 pm

Boxoffice, Aug. 11, 1958: “Bob Trautman, whose Hill-Top Drive-In near Butler was closed about two seasons because of highway projects, reopened this spring.”

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