Friday, June 22, 2012

Peninsula Drive-In Flea Market 1976 now Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Windshield card for Peninsula Flea Market, Aug. 22, 1976.

Peninsula Drive-In Flea Market 1976

The Peninsula Drive-In Theatre in Millcreek Township was a popular place in the seventies and early eighties. Movies were shown on two screens. Cars would line up in the early morning hours every Sunday morning in the summertime, some packed full of items to sell, and some full of customers. You never knew what you would find at the flea market. We bought a dog, comic books, cases of pop and lots of other items which are now forgotten. 

Buyers paid one price to get in, and parked on the south end of the drive-in. Sellers paid a slightly higher admission fee, and were herded to the north end of the drive-in. The place was packed on nice, sunny Sundays, and people came in from the tri-state areas to find bargains in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Lots of families spent the day at the flea market.

The old Peninsula Drive-in flea market is now the site of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) at 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie PA 16505. It was across the street from Waldameer Park.

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