Dear Patrons of the Delsea Drive-In Theatre,

Please read the truth about the incident that occurred at the Delsea Drive-In that was recklessly reported by a 6ABC news reporter and disseminated locally, nationally, and internationally by 6ABC News.

The family visited the Delsea Drive-In on a busy evening. The Box Office Attendant asked if they had any outside food or beverages. The parent informed the attendant that the teen son had his Emergency Medical Kit. The attendant asked what the kit was and the parent informed him that it contained his emergency medical supplies. The parent also informed the attendant that the teen had Fritos. The attendant summoned me to the Box Office. I spoke with the mother. She informed me of the teen’s medical issues. She told me that her son could only eat Fritos. She said he needed the Fritos for his hypoglycemia. She also informed me that she is a nurse. I informed her that I was a physician and that Fritos were not appropriate for a hypoglycemic emergency. I discussed our gluten free menu items with her. The mother asked for the Fritos to be held by us. The Fritos could be picked up upon exiting the drive-in. The father said “no” and exited the Box Office area.

At no time was the teen prohibited from bringing in his “Emergency Medical” supplies. He had his backpack with his EpiPen, Insulin, Smarties, M&Ms, and whatever other items I was unaware of. His backpack was not of any issue since we were told it had his emergency supplies. The only issue that evening was Fritos.

The Box Office is very busy prior to the start of the first feature and it is nearly impossible to discuss the particulars of each and every customer’s situation. Patrons are encouraged to contact us prior to visiting with any special concerns.

No patron suffering any episode of acute illness has been or will ever be made to wait at the Delsea Drive-In Theatre. I have built my practice and drive-in theatre business using the values I hold dear: integrity, honesty, and humility.

Sincerely,
John A. DeLeonardis, MD



Frequently asked questions

When are you open?
What are your hours of operation?
How far in advance are the movies scheduled?
Who, what, where, why, and how are movies paired together?
Can I switch screens?
Are pets allowed?
Does the "no pet" policy apply to all animals?
Is alcohol allowed at the drive-in?
Do you offer refunds if it rains?
Is there a live person to talk to if I call the Delsea Drive-In?
Can I come into the drive-in after a movie has started or leave before it ends?
Will I be allowed to re-enter the drive-in if I have left for some reason during the evening?
How do I listen to the movies?
Will my car battery "die" because of using the car radio all evening?
Can we "run" our car if it rains, is too hot, is too cold?
Do you offer group discounts?

  • The Delsea Drive-In prices include all sales taxes, both at the Box Office and in our Concession/Restaurant.
  • The Delsea Drive-In does not “own” the movies it shows. The movies are negotiated with the movie studios via a third party.  Most of the Box Office dollars go toward paying the negotiated fees, negotiation process, and film deliveries and film returns.
  • The Delsea Drive-In is a private outdoor venue for the interested, paying public and not a public park or free space. Rules and regulations are largely influenced by a consensus among UDITOA drive-in theatre owners and are enforced by the drive-in management personnel.
  • The management of the Delsea Drive-In wants all its patrons to have an affordable, truly enjoyable movie viewing and alternative dining experience, in or outside of their cars, under the stars.
  • Patrons who smoke must park in spaces demarcated with red-capped poles. Non-compliant patrons will not be tolerated and will be escorted off the premises without a refund.
  • Click to View Infomation Regarding Donations
 

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When are you open?

SPRING SEASON (mid-March) Fridays & Saturdays
EARLY SUMMER SEASON (Memorial Day through mid-June) Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
SUMMER SEASON (mid-June through Labor Day weekend) Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
The Delsea Drive-In Theatre will consider expanding its operating schedule to include Thursdays as demand/attendance warrants.
FALL SEASON (post-Labor Day to mid-December) Fridays & Saturdays

What are your hours of operation?
All first features start around dusk (civil twilight time).
Second features start after a 15-30 minute intermission following the first feature .

How far in advance are the movies scheduled?
In general, our movies are scheduled on a weekly basis. Negotiations between our booker and the studios usually result in confirmations by Tuesday at noon. The info is relayed to our web designer/maintainer and is usually up at our site by Tuesday evening. When we know that we will be getting a movie on the break or upon its release, we will post it at our site. There are times when we can get confirmation earlier. We expect our conversion to digital will allow us to get earlier movie confirmations.

Who, what, where, why, and how are movies paired together?
To a great extent, what movies can be played together is determined by the studios involved. The studios compete against one another for the movie-goers’ dollars and would not want a rival up on the screen with their movie. We do try to pair movies with similar ratings together but sometimes that proves very difficult. There is a preponderance of PG and PG-13 rated movies. Even when we pair a G with a PG or PG-13, some individuals are upset because we have a PG-13 and an R on our second screen. We consider our establishment a family-oriented venue and avoid R rated movies as much as possible. Unfortunately, some R rated movies are widely popular and therefore would be considered for playing at the Delsea.

Can I switch screens?
Switching screens is not permitted unless you purchase another ticket and room allows. Each movie studio is paid separately according to the number of individual tickets. We have been frequented by “counters” from the studios. If we find that you have switched “illegally,” we will ask you to leave the premises.

Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed at the Delsea Drive-In. We love animals. We have a pet of our own but the potential for patron disturbance on injury by an unruly pet or irresponsible owner is too high. Everyone knows pets have to relieve themselves at intervals as well. It is dark at the drive-in and a pets waste products would be difficult to see and avoid.

Does the “no pet” policy apply to all animals?
Our “no pet” policy applies to ALL animals. If we elected to allow cats, dog owners would be quite offended. If we elected to allow reptiles, cat and dog owners would be offended, etc., etc., etc..

Is alcohol allowed at the drive-in?
All alcoholic beverages – wine, beer, liquor, etc., are prohibited at the drive-in. We reserve the right to notify the local police if it appears that any of our patrons are under the influence.

Do you offer refunds if it rains?
The Delsea Drive-In shows movies in the rain. No refunds are rendered if it rains. The only time a refund would be offered is if we had to terminate the show due to extreme weather conditions or irreparable technical malfunctions.

Is there a live person to talk to if I call the Delsea Drive-In?
Like many of our patrons, we have day jobs and are not available to take calls during the day. Depending on how busy we are in the evening, calls may be answered by a staff member if one is available. Our phone system is really not set up to take messages and the best way to contact us is via the info link at our web site.

Can I come into the drive-in after a movie has started or leave before it ends?

You can come into the drive-in and leave at anytime during a movie. You must use only your parking lights if a movie is in progress. Daytime running lights must be dimmed either by engaging your emergency brake one notch or by physically covering your headlamps (for example, with cardboard).

Will I be allowed to re-enter the drive-in if I have left for some reason during the evening?
You will need to purchase new tickets at the Box Office upon re-entry.

How do I listen to the movies?
We broadcast the movie sound/audio using FM radio signal. You can use your car's FM radio or you can bring a portable FM radio with you. We have some radios for rent but they go quickly.

Will my car battery "die" because of using the car radio all evening?
Patrons are advised to turn their key to the "Accessory" position only. Most patrons do not experience a dead battery at evening's end. Jumps are provided to any patrons needing one.quickly.

Can we "run" our car if it rains, is too hot, is too cold?
Car engines can not be running. We would have an environmental nightmare on our hands to have a field full of cars running all evening. Momentary starts are okay but that is all. We have many patrons like to sit out on warmer evenings and would not appreciate breathing in another vehicle's fumes. In cooler weather, dress warm and bring blankets. We have plenty of hot food and beverages in our restaurant/concession.

Do you offer group discounts?
We do not offer any group discounts. We are under contractual agreements with the various studios to charge an agreed upon amount. Our admission prices are discounted for all of our patrons.

 

Donations
The Delsea Drive-In Theatre will consider "Pass" donations to all legitimate fund-raising organizations. In-person requests are preferred when possible. All requests must be accompanied by an explanatory letter, non-profit Tax ID, and contact info. If approved, party requesting the donation may come by the Delsea Drive-In during regular operating hours to pick up the Passes. Please read operating hour info at our website's Home Page and FAQs section. If visiting the Delsea Drive-In during operating hours presents a hardship, we ask that the requesting party forward an addressed, stamped envelope.
Please understand that the Delsea Drive-In Theatre, although happy to donate to reputable causes whenever possible, is a privately-owned small business with annual limitations on gift-giving. Your understanding is very much appreciated.