Movies in the Moonlight: Pittsburgh Area’s Drive-In Theaters

Don’t let the retro reputation of the drive-in theater fool you. You’ve got plenty of options for outdoor cinema near Pittsburgh.
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EVERGREEN DRIVE-IN | PHOTO BY CHUCK BEARD

Brownsville Drive-In
After the sun sets on this Fayette County hilltop, three screens light up with recent hits and classic favorites. Occasional special events round out the schedule; in recent months, the site has hosted concert broadcasts and even bingo games. While the theater is primarily open on weekends, the schedule stretches into the week for holidays and in the thick
of summer.

6229 National Pike E, Grindstone, Fayette County; facebook.com/brownsvilledrivein, 724/785-7190

  • Screens: 3
  • Concession Stands: 1 Full, 1 Limited Menu
  • Established: April 26, 1949

Dependable Drive-In
The only operating drive-in in Allegheny County has only grown over the decades, adding two additional screens in the 1990s and a fourth in 2003. Recent blockbusters and studio hits appear in nightly double-features; four screens usually guarantee at least one family-friendly pairing. Unlike most locations, Dependable remains open year-round.

549 Moon Clinton Road, Moon Township; dependabledrivein.com, 412/264-7011, 412/264-7010, 412/474-3475

  • Screens: 4
  • Concession Stands: 2
  • Established: June 27, 1950

Evergreen Drive-In
In a vast field in Westmoreland County, you can stand outside your car and see all three of Evergreen’s screens circling around a generally laid-back clientele. The surprisingly robust concession offerings go beyond standard fare with sausage and cheese steak sandwiches and oven-baked mini donuts.

309 Drive-In Lane, Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County; evergreendrivein.com, 724/547-4747

  • Screens: 3
  • Concession Stands: 1 Full, 1 Limited-Menu
  • Established: June 19, 1947

Riverside Drive-In
The single-screen Riverside Drive-In, just outside Apollo in Armstrong County, is a twice-yearly destination for horror hounds thanks to the popular Drive-In Super Monster-Rama weekends featuring dusk-till-dawn marathons of favorites and forgotten spook shows. Between those events, it’s a cozy drive-in with nightly double features tucked into a picturesque spot between the forest and the river.

1114 Lees Lake Lane,  Vandergrift,  Armstrong County; riversidedrivein.com, 724/568-1250

  • Screens: 1
  • Concession Stands: 1
  • Established: May 6, 1949

More to Visit

There are ten drive-ins within a 50-mile radius of Pittsburgh; here are even more spots for movies under the stars.

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