US 301, Waldorf, Md.
capacity: 450 cars
years of operation: 1958-85
currently: part of Festival At Waldorf shopping center
Opened by the Baltimore-based Fruchtman theatre
chain (later JF Theatres); sold to the Roth's chain in 1963. Opening
feature was God's Little Acre; the snack bar offered
an early non-alcoholic brew called "Maltcrest".
** Bob Mondello, movie critic for National Public Radio, was the advertising director for the Roth's chain who came up with many of the "dusk-to-dawn" gimmicks at the 301 and other drive-ins. He recounted those stories on a recent edition of Weekend All Things Considered. Click here to listen to this segment. **
Click here to see the 1985 USGS map of the 301 Drive-In and surrounding
Click here to see a 1988 aerial photo of the drive-in.
The marquee, depicting the opening-night bill from June 26, 1958. Below, a daytime photo of the marquee from 1988, courtesy of Greg Laxton.
Below: the opening-night ad.
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