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On roads on Route 52 near Dillsburg, Pennsylvania are bleak, dotted with strip mall upon strip mall and an occasional factory. One exception is a seemingly abandoned drive-in movie theater–tipped off by a large red HAAR’S DRIVE IN plastered on a billboard at the side of the highway.

A  line of old 50’s-esque lights line a long driveway leading to the theater’s exit with a large white overpass. Neon lights spelling out Exit, remnants from a bygone era, adorn the backside. Old glass signs, numbered, sit at each row marking the place for the cars. The large screen still rests, looking incongruously new amidst its surroundings.

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Upon further investigation, it became clear that Haar’s Drive-In is simply closed for the season and will indeed reopen in the spring. The Drive-In has been open for a whopping 60 years, with an auction house open for 65 years. For the past 22 years, Haar’s has even sold antiques. There’s also a fully stocked concession stand with hotdogs, hamburgers, popcorn and soda. The theater is a reminder of a forgotten American suburban lifestyle, much of which remains across this vast country.

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Be sure to check out other repurposed and forgotten theaters, specifically 10 of those along Broadway in ManhattanAlso check out the grandeur of a late 1920s movie theater in Queens.

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