Bath Drive-In

341 N. Walnut Street,
Bath, PA 18014

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Bath Drive-In

Located on Route 512 near the Bath north border line. The Bath Drive-In was opened by 1949 when it was operated by John VanAuken. It was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Kenmore on May 25, 2021 at 2:38 pm

A 1955 aerial photo does not reveal any evidence of a drive-in around the Bath area. It would be helpful to have the address or at least a general direction of where the drive-in was located.

Perhaps this was a portable drive-in, but if so the screen should be set up somewhere or at least evidence of tire marks in a field.

muviebuf on May 26, 2021 at 4:47 pm

There was only ever one drive-in in Bath Pennsylvania. It was located along Route 512 on the right side about ¼ mile north. The remanants of both the boxoffice and screen tower are still visible there. I do not know the name but believe it may have been identified as but that listing is not the correct location.

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Drive-In 54 on May 26, 2021 at 7:41 pm

Thanks Muviebuf I thought it might have been where the storage locker place is at now?

Kenmore on May 27, 2021 at 4:27 am

Muviebuf, you say it’s on the right side Route 512 a quarter-mile north of Bath Pike?

That would put it near Barrall Street.

I’ve looked at aerials from 1955, 1962, and 1972 and have not seen anything that looks remotely like a drive-in. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the drive-in didn’t exist. I’m just not seeing it.

robboehm on May 27, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Uploaded a photo of a ticket stub.

kennerado on May 27, 2021 at 8:40 pm

Advertisements for this drive-in in 1949 state “route 512 at Bath Boro line” so it either relocated or didn’t last very long.

Kenmore on May 28, 2021 at 4:48 am

Route 512 at Bath Boro line puts it across the street from the storage center. The address from Google Maps is (as close as I can get it) 34l N Walnut Street, Bath, PA.

A 1955 aerial shows the general shape of a drive-in, but no ramps and it’s difficult to see any real features. It has what might be a projection booth, but I cannot see any screen.

Today, the land is private property with a house on the SW corner. The rest of the property is overgrown with trees.

If this was a drive-in, it appears to have been abandoned by 1955 or perhaps it was a portable drive-in which might explain the lack of features.

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