Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre

4540 Shankweiler Road
Orefield, PA 18069

610-481-0800

1933

Richard Hollingshead opens New Jersey's 1st Drive-in (remembered as the 1st Drive-in to open in America) in Camden, New Jersey, on Tuesday, June 6th, 1933.

1934

Wilson Shankweiler opens Pennsylvania's 1st Drive-in, which is only the 2nd Drive-in to open in America, in Orefield, Pennsylvania, on April 15th, 1934 (within 25 years, more than 4,000 will follow).

1948

Speaker poles and Car Speakers are installed at Shankweiler's Drive-in.

1955

Huricane Diane levels the projection booth and Shadow Box Screen. New CinemaScope Screen and Snack Bar / Projection Room / Restroom building built.

1982

AM radio micro-vicinity broadcasting is introduced at Shankweiler's to deliver the movies' soundtrack (although the traditional car speakers still remain).

1986

FM radio micro-vicinity broadcasting is introduced at Shankweiler's (Shankweiler's becomes the 1st Drive-in to feature audio in FM broadcast Stereo).

2002

The latest in cinema sound reproduction was achieved with the installation of Red L.E.D Spectral © recorded analog soundtrack readers and cinema sound processor, with decoding circuitry capable of providing surround sound effects, and a new and more powerful FM stereo transmitter. This new and technologically advanced system provides the customer with near digital quality sound which can be received and enjoyed on your car or portable radio.

2013

Digital projection and sound equipment installed.

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