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Becky's Drive-In celebrates 65 years

  • Special to the TIMES NEWS Becky's Drive-In in Walnutport celebrates its 65th anniversary this summer.
    Special to the TIMES NEWS Becky's Drive-In in Walnutport celebrates its 65th anniversary this summer.
Published September 02. 2011 05:01PM

Their creativity and showmanship have wowed families for several generations.

It all began at the then Route 45 Drive-In, with the first movie "UTAH", starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, shown on June 2, 1946.

Ever since then, Becky's Drive-In Theatre has been an institution at 4548 Lehigh Drive, along Route 248 in Walnutport.

This summer, the theater proudly celebrates its 65th anniversary, according to Cindy Deppe, who along with her sister Mary and brothers Darrell and Dennis, continue to operate the drive-in along with their families.

"I am pleased that we are still going strong after 65 years in business with the same family," Deppe said. "Our parents would be proud to know the drive-in is still being enjoyed by so many patrons."

Aside from the local area and Poconos, Deppe said patrons come from as far away as Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York.

"We receive many compliments by email telling us how much they enjoyed bringing their children and now their grandchildren to see a double feature at Becky's," she said. "Many came here when they were growing up with their parents and now bring their children and grandchildren."

For Deppe, the drive-in is all she has ever known.

"I grew up at the drive in; it has been here before I was born," she said. "My siblings and I knew of no other life than spending our summers at the drive-in."

Deppe said the theater will hold its Eighth Annual Two Big Movie Nights event Saturday and Sunday. Gates open each night at 6 p.m. Marathon shows will play from dusk to dawn on two big screens.

On screen one, at 8 p.m. Kung Fu Panda (PG) will play, followed by X-Men (PG-13), Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13), Bad Teacher (R) and Insidious (R). On screen two, 8:05 p.m. start time will feature Apollo 18 (PG-13), Fright Night (R) and Hangover (R).

Deppe said the theater was opened by her parents, William and Alice Beck. William's nickname was "Becky", hence the name of the movie theater.

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