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Visiting This Popular New Jersey Theater Will Take You Straight To The Past

Drive-in theaters got their start in the 1930’s and reached peak popularity in the 50’s and 60’s; guests enjoyed the opportunity to enjoy films from the privacy of their own vehicles. The drive-in theater was patented by Camden, New Jersey, chemical company magnate Richard M. Hollingshead. His first theater was built in Pennsauken, New Jersey, in 1933. Though this theater only lasted three years, the concept caught on and hundreds of theaters opened across the United States in the following decade. Delsea Drive-In in Vineland opened in 1949.

The theater has two screens and plays popular new releases. All showings are double or triple-features. Adult admission is just $11 for both films, and children’s admission is $6. Showings are held around 7 p.m. seasonally, each weekend, rain or shine. The theater is open for the fall season on Fridays and Saturdays after Labor Day. A single visit will provide you with hours of entertainment!

You can always enjoy the best movies here, from the comfort of your own car or on a lawn chair. Sound is accessed through your vehicle’s FM radio, and radio rentals are also available. The concession stand is another key player at the venue, serving up delicious meals and snacks. The full menu offers much more than you would find at an average theater. Enjoy everything from sirloin burgers to shrimp kabobs and gluten free chocolate covered strawberries!

Delsea is the last remaining drive-in theater in New Jersey, a nod to a bygone era. Located within an hour from Atlantic City and Philadelphia, it is fairly accessible to most New Jersey residents and definitely worth the drive. Each visit will transport you back in time, with the conveniences of modernity and big blockbuster hits.

Though the theater closed in 1987, it reopened in 2004 and has been thriving ever since. The staff and service are exceptional, and the experience is unforgettable. You’re guaranteed a great evening with good friends, good films and good food!

Kristen Koennemann
Kristen is a freelance writer, editor and social-media manager who really loves her state. She's here to share all that New Jersey has to offer with residents and the rest of the world.