ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – One of the last remaining drive-in movie theaters in the area has closed its doors.
The Twin Hi-Way Drive-In said on Facebook that it is now closed for good.
“It is with great sadness that we make this final post. Due to many circumstances far, far beyond our control, the Twin Hi-Way Drive-In has closed its doors.”
According to the chair of the Robinson Township Commissioners, Sheetz wants to put a gas station and convenience store on part of the property.
A public meeting was held back in October to discuss the possible closing of the theater. Supporters of the theater fought to try and keep it open.
It was the community’s hope to convince the Robinson Township Planning Board to not go along with a plan to sell the property.
CEO Jerry Solnoris spoke about the value of one of the last drive-in movie theaters in the area.
“There’s nothing like this on Earth, watching a movie on a blanket, under the stars on a warm summer night,” he said at the time.
But, the board gave its approval.
Today, Solnoris didn’t have anything further to say about the drive-in’s Facebook post.
For frequent patrons, news that the drive-in is closed is unfortunate, but it’s telling of how people watch movies now.
John Cencarik said younger generations are more interested in entertaining themselves with the Internet. He said he has fond memories of making the trip from Weirton, West Virginia to go the Twin Hi-Way.
“Let’s drive into Pittsburgh, so you end up at the drive-in and go and the reason being, we did it as kids and everything and it’s a dying thing, just gone. It is sad,” Cencarik said.
The Twin Hi-Way Drive-In thanked its patrons and staff on Facebook:
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff both past and present for their dedication and hard work in helping to make us a great family entertainment establishment. We would also like to thank you our patrons for making us your family destination for the last nine years. None of this would have been possible without our loyal patrons and staff. We encourage you not to let the drive-in experience die. Please try to frequent the drive-in establishments in your local area to support them and keep the tradition of family entertainment alive.”
The theater even added some parting words fit for a drive-in.
“Without further ado; let your emotions take you for this final ride at the home of two major motion pictures, the drive-in voted best of the Burgh by Pittsburgh Magazine; Your Outdoor Showplace of Pittsburgh Twin Hi-Way Drive In! Thank You!”