CRUISIN at the DRIVE-IN

Malta Drive-in Theatre • Ballston Spa, NY



Although New York State was one of the first 10 American states to host a Drive-in movie theatre— the first one in NY had opened in August of 1938 at Valley Stream, on Long Island (a long time gone), the Empire State was still what you'd call: a late bloomer. Generally, across America, the peak years for Drive-ins were the mid to late 50's. New York's peak season was '63, with over 150 Driveins lit-up that year. Since then, the state has experienced a rate of attrition and decline of 82%, but yet, NY remains one of the top 5 Drive-in states, with nearly 30 Drive-ins that remain lit currently & seasonally. Here are the New York Drive-ins that remain in operation, which we still have the opportunity to enjoy, and can make a point of supporting, to help preserve the presence of The Past ..

INDICATES THAT A MOVIE SCHEDULE IS ALSO AVAILABLE



ALBANY vicinity — see:
Averill Park • Ballston Spa • Coxsackie • Glenmont •

ALEXANDRIA BAY (Jefferson County) 13607


Bay Drive-in: 315-482-3874


located on Route 26
at Bailey Settlement Road
(5 miles from I-84 Exit 50N - Route 12)
in Alexandria Bay, NY
The big screen at the Bay was first lit-up in 1968 and has been in continuous operation ever since. The present owners - since purchasing it in 1982, have gone to great expense and have done a really extraordinary job on the expansion & improvements. A second 66' wide screen was added in 1999. The Bay is also one of the few American Drive-ins which has an indoor viewing area (which can seat 60 people) and the only New York State Drive-in that has one. Between the two screens, the Bay accommodates up to 600 cars and provides audio with FM stereo radio broadcast. They are open seasonally, May - October, weekends only in spring and fall, 7 nites June thru LaborDay. They're lighting each of their two screens with double features. For the nostalgia minded, there are 100 traditional window speakers for Screen-1, besides radio broadcast (106.1FM & 600AM). Screen-2 audio is entirely by radio broadcast (92.3FM). The Bay is an exceptional Drive-in experience, with more than the usual amenities; one of the most extensive and imaginative snackbar menus, and an on-premise indoor ATM for customer convenience. Dogs accepted, and credit cards are not. Admission: $6 per person for Adults (ages 12 and over); discounted $5 admission active military personnel (w/ID); $2 for Children (ages 7-11); Children aged 6 &under are admitted free.

GPS: Lat 44.27782 • Long -75.93560

[!] On the morning of Saturday, July 15th, 1995, a freak windstorm had torn through the Bay Drive-in, causing extensive damage, but the owners were commited to recovering and reopening (remarkably, within 2wks). The following season, in the summer of '96, Twister opened here — by which time the Bay had already seen Coming Attractions (with a very Deja view of the scene where a wind burst takes a Drive-in apart).

AMENIA (Dutchess County) 12501


Amenia Drive-in Theatre: 845-373-8178


located 4957 Route 22
(Intersection of Routes 22 & 44)
in Amenia, NY
New York's newest Drive-in Movie Theatre was constructed and in previews in 2013, then considerably enhanced for Season 2014. Amenia is equipped with state of the art digital audio and projection, lighting a 56' wide screen (the equivalent of watching movies on a SuperBright UltraHi-Res FlatScreen TV measuring 840" diagonally, if you could only get your hands on one!); with a double-feature every nite of the week, during a season which runs mid-April thru mid-October. Movie audio is provided with a localized radio broadcast (104.5 FM), and portable radios are available from the TixBooth if needed. Amenia provides an exceptional Drive-in experience (and quite theatrical — no pun intended — given the lavish attention to thematic set decoration and nostalgic accentuations throughout); with overt emphasis on the food service, which includes the option of placing food & drink orders at the outdoor SnackBar, and having your food order delivered to your car. Admission: $8 per person for Adults (ages 11 and over); Children aged 10 & under are admitted free.

GPS: Lat 41.85029 • Long -73.55750

[!] Well-behaved Dogs are not only permitted, but are actually anticipated here — with complimentary dog biscuits at the TicketBooth, and a dog park area for walking dogs (on leash) before the show.


AMSTERDAM vicinity — see:
Palatine Bridge, NY

ANGOLA (Erie County) 14006


Grandview Drive-in: GONE


formerly located on Route 5
(Erie Road) at Lake Street
The ides of March ..   we regret to announce that hopes and efforts for what could have been the 60th Anniversary season of this grand old picture show were eclipsed by demolition on Friday the 13th of March this year, despite a considerable and enduring grass roots effort by its former operators and concerned citizens to prevent its demise. As has sadly too often been the case, the Drive-in did not own the property on which it operated .. and after Season 2005, as WAL-MART reportedly contemplated erecting a SuperStore on the site, the land-owner had effectively turned the light out over the picture. At one point (2006) the landlord had provided a letter stating that he would be willing to donate the screen tower to be dismantled by any interested party, and the preservationists were hoping that if in fact the Drive-in could not be saved, perhaps it could be ressurrected somewhere nearby .. but those hopes too were dashed when without further communication, any such luck had clearly run-out on Friday the 13th, and now Erie County's last Drive-in was gone.

Is there Life after Death? ..   consistent with our rolling makeover and the seasonal update of DriveinMovie.com this year, this profile would normally be pulled from the "active" Drive-in listings. But the grassroots organization Friends of the Grandview are not content to simply bury it where it fell, and now working in conjunction with the Society for the Preservation of Outdoor Theatres, are focusing on a grander view — the aim being that Erie County will not remain in the dark. A site for a direct descendant of the Grandview Drive-in has already been obtained in Brant, NY, and with the continued & combined efforts of preservationists, and any luck, a Grandview Drive-in still may open in Erie County to mark this 60th Anniversary season (just not on any Friday the 13th!). Watch this space for subsequent details of their progress.

[!] The Grandview was the first Drive-in Theatre in New York state to feature radio-transmitted sound. The Grandview's screen tower was the only one in America known to also contains commercial rental space - built into the base.

AUBURN / Aurelius   (Cayuga County) 13021


Finger Lakes Drive-in: 315-252-3969


located 30 minutes west of Syracuse
and 10 minutes south of Interstate-90
(3 miles west of the village of Auburn)
at 1056 Clark Street Road (Routes 20/5)

The big screen at Cayuga County's oldest operating outdoor picture show has been lit-up for more than half a century. Development of the property began back in 1949, and the Drive-in opened in 1950, with a capacity for up to 300 cars. You're still able to find working car window speakers here on the old poles, although most people listen to the movie audio now on their car radio (107.1 FM / 540 AM). The Finger Lakes is open seasonally, from late April or early May (depending on the temperment of early spring weather), on weekends only at first, and then 7 nites a week during peak season between Memorial Day & Labor Day. Admission: $7.50 (for all ages 12&up); $3 for ages 5-11.

GPS: Lat 43.01909 • Long -76.49780

AVERILL PARK (Rensselaer County) 12018


Hollywood Drive-in: 518-283-4425


located east of Albany and SE of Troy @
9254 Averill Park Road (Route 66)
in Averill Park, NY

Located east of the state capitol and less than 10 miles SE of Troy, NY, the Hollywood has remained lit each season since the early years of America's Drive-in boom (1952). Originally built for just over 200 cars, it has been expanded over the years and can accommodate up to 400 vehicles. The Hollywood has also remained a family place — in every sense, down through the years .. always operated with families and family outings in mind, and always operated by the same family (over decades notched with the demise of so many Mom&Pop operations), and handed down from father to son (and the son having greatly enhanced the original Drive-in over the past 4 decades). During the early years it was actually operated on a year-round basis, on weekends off-peak and every nite of the week during peak season (back when not only pole speakers, but pole heaters were available to customers). Presently, the Hollywood's BIG 88' wide screen is kept lit mid-April thru September with a double-feature, and movie audio is broadcast directly to your car radio (88.1 FM) in stereo. Admission: $9.00 for Adults (ages 11&up); $5.00 for Children (5-10); Children 4 & under admitted free.

GPS: Lat 42.63740 • Long -73.54050

AVON (Livingston County) 14414


Vintage Drive-in: 585-226-9290


south of Rochester, NY, via Interstate 390,
located at 1520 West Henrietta Road, in Avon

From I-390 (Genesee Expressway) take exit 10
for Avon, and then continue west on Route 5/20
for less than a mile, turn north/right at Route 15
(Henrietta Road), to Drive-in = ¾mi up on left

We're always pleased to be able to point-out that not all the news items about Drive-ins are in the obits column .. as was certainly the case back when we had first announced that — long after the BabyBoom and Drive-in Heyday years — Avon gave birth to triplets! The nearest drive-in for Rochester and vicinity is this relatively recent Drive-in Renaissance three-screener, built from the ground up in 1997. The Drive-in has a capacity for more than 500 cars, but owing to its popularity, proximity to Rochester, and a kickin' snackbar, do make a point of arriving early - especially in peak season, to find a spot. Each of the 3 screens is lit with a double feature during peak season, although early in their season (mid-April thru October) not all screens may be lit. The movie audio is provided with a local FM radio brodcast. Admission: $8 for Adults (11&up); $4 for Children (4-10); free for Kids age 3 & under.

The Drive-in also hosts a popular Flea Market on Sundays, April thru October. Admission to the FleaMarket is free for buyers, and the general public. Spaces for sellers is reasonably priced: $25 per Sunday, or less- $20 per day when paying for a month of Sundays (FleaMarket info: 585-226-8320).

GPS: Lat 42.91464 • Long -77.70550

BALLSTON SPA (Saratoga County) 12020


Malta Drive-in: 518-587-6077


located at 2785 Route 9, in Ballston Spa, NY
1mi south of Exit 13S off the Northway (I-87)

approximately 15 min north of Albany
and 10 min south of Saratoga Springs

With many happy returns, appreciative Drive-in enthusiasts have seen this venerable picture show through more than half a century, and can return this year to celebrate its 65th Annniversary. One of the oldest continuosly operated Drive-ins in New York, the Malta was first lit in 1949 as an 80' wide solo screen with a capacity for up to 500 cars; 6 decades later, its capacity was extended to allow for 800 cars and a second 60' wide screen was added. Both screens are now lit with a double-feature during their season (April - September), on weekends during the Spring & Fall months, and 7 nites during peak season. Audio is provided with a local FM radio broadcast (90.1 FM for Screen 1, 103.3 FM for Screen 2), and some of the classic Drive-in pole speakers are still available for a nice nostalgic touch. Admission: $9 for the Adults (12&up); $4 for Children (5-11); two-legged kids 4 & under and four-legged kids of all ages are admitted free (dogs are not permitted in the SnackBar area, and must be leashed when outside your car).

GPS: Lat 43.00333 • Long -73.79040

[!] The Screen at the Malta was first lit with a double feature on July 1st, 1949 .. with an Abbott & Costello comedy- The Noose Hangs High, and a Western co-feature starring Roy Rogers and his trusty steed Trigger.


BINGHAMTON vicinity — see: Unadilla, NY

BLACK RIVER (Jefferson County) 13601


Black River Drive-in: 315-773-8604


located on the outskirts of Watertown, NY
at 28035 State Route 3 (Black River)

intersection of Route 3 & Route 342

The most recent contribution to New York's Drive-in Renaissance (among the recently-built and formerly 'dark' Drive-ins that have been restored and reopened), the Black River Drive-in was originally built in 1950, and was first lit in August of that year as a solo screen with a capacity for just over 500 cars. It remained lit, seasonally, for more than three decades, through a series of owners and operators, and then went dark in the 1980's .. as America's passion for Drive-ins cooled .. which coincided with the rise of the Mall Culture, the MultiPlex cinemas, alternate forms of entertainment- notably the VCR, and the general abandonment and demise of most traditional sole-proprietorships and Mom&Pop operations, and many Drive-in theatres among them. Black River remained dark and forlorn for the next two decades, but as fate and a couple of very ambitious and experienced Drive-in veterans would have it, it was not the river of no return .. after acquiring the property, and the years of clearing the site and cutting red tape that followed, a fabulous resurrection was performed here, and the Black River Drive-in was finally reopened on August 18th, of Season 2006. Situated in a picturesque park-like setting, the revived picture show offers al fresco cinema with double features, seasonally, mid-April thru September. Movie audio is provided with a local radio broadcast (87.9 FM) in stereo. Admission: $8 for Adults (ages 12&up); $3 for Children (7-11); Kids aged 6&under admitted free. Dogs are permitted, providing they will remain leashed and manageable when not in your car (there is also a designated area available for walking them, along the tree line).

GPS: Lat 44.0100 • Long -75.7900

BROADALBIN (Fulton County) 12025
© photo:  Society for the
Preservation of Outdoor Theatres



Ozoner 29: 518-883-5735

located at 837 Route 29, in Broadalbin, NY

I-90 / NY Thruway Exit 27, and continue
9 miles north on Route 30 to Broadalbin,
turn right onto Route 29, and continue
2 more miles to Drive-in (on the right)


One of New York's Renaissance Drive-ins (among the recently-built or formerly 'dark' Drive-ins that have been restored and reopened), the Ozoner was built from the ground up, and opened in August of Season 2003 .. what began with an open field became a field of dreams. Aside from the birth announcement — that with the opening of this new two-screen Drive-in, Fulton County had twins, it ended the 15 year run that Fulton County had spent entirely in the dark, without a single operating Drive-in (and better to light a Drive-in than to curse the darkness!). The Ozoner has a combined capacity for up to 500 cars, and two 70' wide pole screens, which are lit with double-features, seasonally. They are open from late April thru September, on the weekends during Spring & Fall, and 7 nites during peak Summer season. Movie audio is provided with a local FM radio broadcast. Admission: $8 for Adults (ages 12&up); $4 for Children (ages 5-11); Kids 4 and under are admitted free.

GPS: Lat 43.05781 • Long -74.18640


BUFFALO vicinity — see: Delevan, NY • Lockport, NY • Middleport, NY

CATSKILL vicinity — see: Coxsackie, NY

CORNING vicinity — see: Elmira, NY

COXSACKIE (Greene County) 12051
© photo:  Society for the
Preservation of Outdoor Theatres



Hiway Drive-in: 518-731-8672

located at 10769 Route 9W, in Coxsackie, NY

From Albany vicinity: take New York State Thruway,
south to Exit 21-B, then south on 9W for 5½ miles;
watch for a classic marquee & entrance on right.

From Catskill vicinity and southern New York, take
New York State Thruway north to Exit 21 (Catskill),
then Route 9W north for 7 miles, and watch for
the Hiway's classic marquee & entrance on left.


One of several New York Drive-in theatres constructed by the Klein brothers during the toddler years of the Drive-in boom, the Hiway opened as a 55' solo screen fronting 424 speaker poles in 1951, and has been in continuous operation ever since. The Kleins ran the picture show for 45 years and then sold it. But in a very real sense it remained in their extended family — the apple of their eye not rolling very far from the proverbial tree, having been purchased by one of their former projectionists. Since 1997 the new owners have continually improved and expanded the Hiway .. adding radio sound, enlarging the original screen (now 75' wide), expanding parking capacity (for over 600 cars), overhauling the bathrooms & snackbar facility, and adding 3 additional screens; making the Hiway the 2nd largest Drive-in theatre in New York State (Screen 4 comes on line this season). Improvements and the change from traditional pole speakers to FM radio audio aside, this well-maintained Drive-in has a very classic look and feel, right from the entrance, still presided over by the original neon marquee erected more than half a century ago. All 3 screens (and soon a 4th) are lit with a different double feature, seasonally, April thru October (on wknds only in Spring and Fall, and running 7 nites during peak summer season). Admission: $9 for Adults (ages 12&up); $4 for Children (ages 3-11); Kids 3&under admitted free. Well-behaved dogs are welcome as well.

GPS: Lat 42.31846 • Long -73.84900

DELEVAN (Cattaraugus County) 14042


Loomis' Delevan Drive-in: 716-496-5660

located at 11771 State Route 16, in Delevan, NY

(approximately 30 miles south east of Buffalo)


Originally a solo screen Drive-in theatre with a capacity for 400 cars when it opened in 1959, a second screen was added during Season 2005, and the current capacity is for up to 550 cars in this pleasant grass field park-like setting. Both screens are lit with a double-feature during the Delevan's season (mid-April thru October), weekends during Spring & Fall, and 7 nites during peak season (MemorialDay-LaborDay). Audio for the movies is provided with local FM radio broadcasts: Screen#1, in front @ 104.9 FM; Screen#2, in back @ 90.7 FM; and Screen 1 also offers an AM radio broadcast for vintage pre-FM vehicles. FAVs at the Delevans SnackBar: their really thick & juicy hotdogs, the chunky deep-fried mozzarella sticks, and pizza — by the slice or large pie. Admission: $8 for Adults (ages 12&up); $7 for Seniors; $5 for Children (ages 4-11); Kids 3&under are free. Well-behaved dogs are welcome as well.

GPS: Lat 42.53367 • Long -78.47850

[!] The Delevan features discounted admission on Family Carload Nites (Thursdays & Sundays): $20 per car, covering all passengers.

ELMIRA (Chemung County) 14903


Elmira Drive-in: 607-734-8599

located at 2431 Route 352, in Big Flats (Elmira), NY

from Corning, NY, take Route I-86 east to Exit 48
(Route 352), turn right and continue east on 352 for
5 miles (entrance to the Drive-in will be on the right).

from Binghamton, NY, take Route 17 West (I-86) to
Elmira (Exit 56), turn left onto Route 352, continue
west for 6½ miles, on through Elmira & West Elmira.
(Drive-in entrance will be on the left, on Route 352).


One of New York's oldest operating Drive-ins, the big screen (100' wide) at the Elmira was first lit on April 16th, 1949. Half a century later .. a second screen was added to the grassfield 19-acre parklike setting, with mountain backdrop and very distinctive entrance fronting the hiway. The Elmira has a capacity for up to 800 cars and lights each screen with a double-feature. Movie audio is provided with local radio broadcasts in stereo — Screen 1: 89.9 FM, Screen 2: 95.9 FM. The Drive-in is open seasonally, April thru October; on weekends during Spring & Fall, and 7 nites during the peak summer season. Admission: $8 for Adults (ages 12&up); $3 for Children (ages 5-11); Kids 4&under admitted free.

GPS: Lat 42.13060 • Long -76.93540

[!] Hold on to your Admission ticket .. during the intermission between movies, a drawing is held for door prizes at the snack bar.

ERIE vicinity — see: Jamestown, NY

FULTON — see:   Minetto, NY

GLENMONT (Albany County) 12077


Jericho Drive-in:   518-767-3398

located at 21 Jericho Road (@ Route 9W),
in Glenmont (sometimes described as: Selkirk), NY

from Albany, NY, take Route 9W south for 6 miles
(Drive-in entrance on the right, 1 mile south of BMW).



Among the smallest of New York's remaining Drive-in theatres, the Jericho is a solo screen venue for Cinema al fresco which opened in 1956, with a capacity for up to 300 cars. The screen is lit seasonally, with a double feature, from May thru September; weekends only in Spring & Fall, and 7 nites during the peak Summer season. Movie audio is provided with a local radio broadcast in both AM (530) and FM (98.9). Admission: $9 for Adults (ages 12&up); $4 for Children (ages 5-11); Kids 4&under admitted free.

GPS: Lat 42.57676 • Long -73.76220

[!] In addition to the snackbar there is also a sepearate Ice Cream Shoppe on the premises (open from Noon on the weekends), which features both soft & hard ice cream cones, sundaes, banana spilits, malteds, shakes, and icecream floats.

GLENS FALLS (Saratoga County) 12804


Glen Drive-in: 518-792-0023

located at 975 Route 9 (Lake George Road),
in Queensbury (Glens Falls), NY

Located between Exits 19 & 20 on the
Adirondack Northway {87}, closest to exit 19
(and ½ mile south of 'Great Escape' Funpark)


Originally a solo screen which opened at the peak of America's Drive-in boom (back in 1958), the Glen now has twin screens, with an overall capacity for up to 800 cars. They are operating seasonally — on the weekends only - at first, beginning in late-April, and then 7 nites during the peak summer season, and then on thru Labor Day. Each of the screens is lit with a double-feature. Movie audio is provided with local radio broadcasts: 103.3 FM (Screen1); 104.3 (Screen2); and there are also still some traditional Drive-in pole speakers maintained here, for a nice nostalgia touch. Admission: $9 for Adults (ages 12&up); $4 for Children (ages 4-11); Kids 3&under admitted free.

GPS: Lat 43.34009 • Long -73.68160

[!] The Glen makes a point of making people remember just how important patronizing the snackBar is to a Drive-in's survival, and encourages that support with above-average fare. Particularly memorable: their BlackAngus Burgers and foot-long hotdogs.

GREENVILLE (Greene County) 12083


Greenville Drive-in: 518-821-2721

located at 10700 Route 32,
in Greenville, NY

Located off of Route 32 approximately 25 minutes
west of {87} NY State Thruway (Catskill) Exit 21,
by following Route 23 west to get to Route 32


The pleasant park-like rural setting, ringed-in with glimpses of the Catskill Mountains on the horizon, provides not a hint of the life and death happenstance and struggle between light & dark for this Drive-in down through the years, in the decades since its big screen was first lit-up (back on June 18th, 1959). And yet each time that it's been pronounced dark, it's also been subsequently resurrected and the screen re-lit .. as if the light flickers, but stubbornly refuses to go out with fatal finality. True to form, The Greenville came back from the brink, and operated again through Season 2013 — with a capacity for nearly 500 cars, and lighting its 85' wide solo screen with double-features. The season for Cinema al fresco here typically runs May thru September, with movie audio being provided via localized FM radio broadcast. Be aware: that while well-behaved dogs are permitted at most Drive-ins, and despite the verdant venue, this is one of the Drive-in Theatres where dogs are not allowed on the premises. Admission: $8 for Adults (ages 12&up); $3 for Children (4- 11); Kids age 3 and under admitted free.

GPS: Lat 42.4357756 • Long -74.0175584

[!] The Drive-in is getting a late start on Season 2014, as the struggle begins anew .. with the major movie distributors phasing-out traditional 35mm film reels, the Greenville is in the process of attempting to raise the capital to replace its venerable 35mm projectors with the mandated next-gen digital projectors necessary to assure it's continued survival as an outdoor cinema.

HOOSIC FALLS — see:   North Hoosic, NY

HYDE PARK (Dutchess County) 12538
© photo:  Society for the
Preservation of Outdoor Theatres



Hyde Park Drive-in: 845-229-4738

located at 4114 Albany Post Road (Route 9)
in Hyde Park, diagonally across from the FDR estate.

From NY Thruway, Exit 19 (New Paltz), then right, to
Route 299, continue east to Route 9W, then left and
south on 9W to Highland for the Mid-Hudson Bridge,
after crossing river, go north on Route 9 for 5 miles.


In continuous operation since 1949, Hyde Park is one of four NY Drive-ins which are less than a two-hour drive from Manhattan. Situated on 12 acres, with an 82' wide screen and a capacity for parking 670 cars, the Drive-in is operating this season every nite of the week, April thru September. Audio for the movies' soundtrack is provided with a local radio broadcast (87.9 FM). Admission: $9 for adults (ages 12&up); $6 for Children (ages 5-11); wee folk 4&under admitted free; and Tuesday is Bargain Nite — adult admission price is discounted to $6. Cash only at the Ticket Booth; major credit cards are accepted in the SnackBar.

GPS: Lat 41.76456 • Long -73.92590


JAMESTOWN (Chautauqua County) 14701


Park 60 Drive-in: 716-484-6060

located at 1529 Foote Avenue Extension
(Route 60) in Jamestown, NY

10 minutes south of I-86 ..
Exit 12 (Main Street) follow Route 60
south, approximately 4 miles to Drive-in


One of New York State's contributions to America's Drive-in Renaissance (among many recently-built and the formerly 'dark' Drive-ins that have been constructed or restored & reopened), this new twin-screen was built from the ground up thirteen years ago, opening on May 18th, 2001, and has a capacity for up to 325 cars. Both of their screens are lit with double-features, seasonally, from late-April thru September; on weekends only early and late in the season, and 7 nites during the peak summer months. Movie audio is provided with localized FM radio broadcasts. Admission: $9 for Adults (ages 12&up); $5 for Children (ages 3-11); wee folk 3&under are admitted free.

GPS: Lat 42.06386 • Long -79.22240


LOCKPORT (Niagra County) 14094


Transit Drive-in: 716-625-8535

located at 6655 Transit Road
(Route 78) in Lockport, NY

From Buffalo: take {I-290} to Millersport North exit,
and Millersport to Transit Road (78), turn left, and
go 2 miles further to Drive-in (will be on the right).


The nearest outdoor cinema for Buffalo is also one of only two quads — 4screen Drive-ins in New York, among the 28 Drive-ins operating in the state this Season (the other being the Hi-way, near Catskill). It is also, by capacity (1200 cars), the largest venue for Cinema al fresco in New York, although still very much a family-run enterprise. And that's a long story .. picture shows being an old tradition for the Cohen family, which acquired its first theatre in 1927 .. and then 3 others within the decade that followed. At that point they embarked on constructing their own theatre palace- the Stueben, in Hornell, NY. Later on, after acquiring the Allendale Theater in Buffalo, they went outdoors with the construction of their first Drive-in theatre (the Van Buren in Dunkirk, NY), and two years later, they opened the Sheridan Drive-in near Buffalo, which they would operate for 31 years. Six years after opening the Sheridan, they then purchased the Transit Drive-in (1957), which has been passed-down through 3 generations. Continually improved and expanded over the years (including the addition of a 19-hole miniature golf course for the amusement of early arrivals), the Transit is currently operated by the grandson of the founders of this theatre dynasty. It's four screens are lit with double-features, seasonally, April thru October; on weekends only in Spring & Fall, and 7 nites during the peak summer months. Movie audio is provided with local radio brodcasts. Admission: $9 for Adults (ages 12&up); $4 for Children (ages 5-11); wee folk 4&under are admitted free, as are any well behaved four-legged kids.

GPS: Lat 43.10393 • Long -78.69670


LYONS FALLS (Lewis County) 13368


Valley Brook Drive-in: 315-348-6315

located off Route 12, on Burdick's Crossing Road,
about 100 yards from the Intersection of Lyons Falls Road (C.R.39) in Lyons Falls, NY

Situated approximately midway between
Utica and Watertown, via Route 12


This solo screen at the western edge of the Adirondack State Park, has been in continuous operation (through 3 generations within the same family) since 1952. The Drive-in has a capacity for up to 400 cars. Its 64' wide screen is lit, seasonally, from mid-May thru LaborDay weekend, on weekends only (Friday - Sunday), with a double feature. Audio for the movies is provided with a dual-band radio broadcast on AM (600) and FM (88.9) frequencies. And, for the nostalgia-minded, about ¼ of the parking spaces are still equipped with the traditional pole speakers. Admission: $5 for adults (ages 12&up); $1 for Children (ages 7-11); free admission for kids of ages 6 & under, and four-legged kids.

GPS: Lat 43.64401 • Long -75.34050


MALTA — see: Ballston Spa, NY

MASSENA (St.Lawrence County) 13662


56 Auto Drive-in:   315-764-1250

Located 2 miles south of Massena, NY
at 9783 Route 56 (Andrews Street)



The northern-most outdoor cinema in New York (if you're going any further north .. you are going to need your passport), and the only Drive-in operating within St.Lawrence County, this old fashioned solo screen has been in continuous operation for 54 seasons. The screen is lit with double features, seasonally, from late April thru September; on weekends only Spring & Fall, and 7 nites during peak summer season. Movie audio is provided with a local radio broadcast. Admission: $7.50 for adults (ages 12&up); $3.50 for Children (ages 5-11). Admission is free for kids of ages 4 & under.

GPS: Lat 44.92398 • Long -74.91450

[!] The 56 opened the fourth weekend in July — on Friday, July 22nd, 1955, with Disney's first-ever science fiction thriller 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre, and Paul Lukas (127 min).

MIDDLEPORT (Niagara County) 13115


Sunset Drive-in:   716-735-7372

located at 9950 Telegraph Road (Route 31)
in Middleport, NY

East of Lockport, and approximately
35 mins out of Buffalo, and
45 mins west of Rochester



One of New York's oldest continuously operated Drive-in Movie Theatres, the Sunset isn't just carrying on, it's carrying on a family tradition; for theirs and yours. If you're old enough to remember .. your parents took you here back when it was being run by the parents of the present day hosts & operators .. and has remained a family affair through 64 seasons — since the Sun first came up, in 1950. And among other traditions maintained here, the Sunset still has the traditional playground to entertain the wee folk before showtime. Among enhancements and improvements down through the years .. there are now three screens, a lot of interesting and colorful antique pieces and nostalgic touches, plus a sit-down diner restaurant (open daily from 4PM), with tables, booths, and even counter seating, in a retro setting. The Picture Show begins as the name has always suggested — after the Sun sets (playing to more than 900 cars), and with all three of their screens being lit with a double-feature. Audio for the Movies' soundtrack is provided via localized FM radio broadcast. Drive-in season here typically runs — weather willing — from mid April thru mid October. Admission: $8 for ages 12 and up; $3 for ages 5- 11; kids aged 4 & under are admitted free.

GPS: Lat 43.2036896 • Long -78.4702988

[!] Apart from offering custom-made pizzas and fresh pizza slices, and having one of the more extensive menus for a Drive-in SnackBar; and movies aside, the Sun also rises on their reputation for dishing-out some truly wicked Sub sandwiches.


MIDDLETOWN vicinity — see: Fair Oaks, NY

MINETTO (Oswego County) 13115


Midway Drive-in: 315-593-0699

located at 2475 Route 48
(mid-way between Fulton and Oswego)
to the south of Minetto, NY



One of the oldest Drive-ins in New York State (and also one of the best maintained), the Midway was originally built by the Canter brothers - Irving & Ruben, who opened their picture show in the Summer of 1948. It has remained in continuous operation for more than 6 decades; operated by its current owner since 1987. The Drive-in has a capacity for parking 600 cars at the traditional speaker poles, plus overflow parking in open areas beyond. The 80' wide screen is usually lit with a double-feature on weeknites, and triple features on weekends. Their Season runs from late-April or early May, thru late October; sometimes into November (weather willing); on weekends in Spring & Fall, 7 nites during peak season. Audio is provided with a localized FM stereo radio broadcast (87.9 FM), and for the devoutly nostalgic, classic Drive-in speakers are still available at poles in the first six rows. Admission: $8 for Adults (ages 12&up); $3 for Children (ages 7-11); Kids age 6 and under are admitted free.

GPS: Lat 43.3805122 • Long -76.4598389

[!] The SnackBar at the Midway exhibits more flair & imagination than the average Drive-in concession stand, and the custom pizzas made here are almost as popular as the movies. Save your ticket stubs; if your number is announced at Intermission, you'll win a large pizza.

NORTH HOOSIC (Rensselaer County) 12133


Hathaway's Drive-in:   518-659-6098

located at 4762 State Route 67,
in North Hoosic, NY

Close to the NY/VT border, 15 min west of Bennington,
and approximately 45 minutes NorthEast of Troy, NY —
Route 7 out of Troy, East by NE, until Route 22,
then north on 22 about 6 miles (thru and beyond
the village of Hoosic Falls, to North Hoosic),
turning right at "T" intersection onto Rte.67
and continue ¼-mile to Drive-in, on right.



This rural solo screen outdoor cinema (first lit back in 1948) is a virtual time capsule. Apart from the technical enhancements, i.e., FM radio movie-audio (88.1 FM) augmenting and ultimately supplanting the traditional pole speakers (still evident); and the very recent replacement of venerable 35mm film projectors with industry-mandated digital projector, Hathaway's provides not only an al fresco view of the movies, but a deja view of small town America back in the heydays of it's love affair with Drive-in Movies. There is a capacity here for up to 350 cars, seasonally; mid-April thru mid-October (on Weekends in Spring & Fall, and full-tilt 7 nites after School lets out .. and up until Labor Day Weekend). The big (70' wide) screen is always lit with a double-feature. Dogs are welcome (leashed when outside of your vehicle). Admission: $8 adults (12&up); $6 for seniors; $3 for ages 4-11; Kids aged 3 and under are admitted free. Season 2014 is slated to open the weekend of Friday, May 16th, 2014.

GPS: Lat 42.9254837 • Long -73.3644485

[!]   Noteables: the ultra-fresh & home-made FrenchFries made to order here, and their Burgers (the stuff of local legend), made with fresh beef from Henry's Market in Bennington (or the ALT = BOCA veggie burgers, also on the menu).



ONEONTA vicinity — see: Unadilla, NY

PALATINE BRIDGE (Montgomery County) 13428


El Rancho Drive-in Theatre: 518-883-5735

located at 6070 Route 5 (East Main Street),
in Palatine Bridge, NY


20 minutes west of Amsterdam, NY
and just north of Interstate 90


In continuous consecutive seasonal operation since its big (88' wide) screen was first lit (back in 1952), Palatine Bridge is one of those unexpected and to be cherished roadside anomalies. That it   has managed to survive at all, without benefit of frontage & visibility along a major highway, off the proverbial path, and sequestered in what is still predominantly a farming community .. the fact that its solo screen has remained lit, is testimony to the continuing appreciation for this classic and modest Picture Show, which has made it a destination. Palatine Bridge has a capacity for up to 300 cars, during a season that generally runs April thru October (weather-willing, less or more); on Weekends in Spring & Fall, and full tilt 7 nites during the peak Summer season, up until Labor Day. They light their big screen with a double feature, and audio is provided with a localized radio broadcast (89.9 FM). Admission: $8 adults (ages 12&up); $4 for Children aged 5-11; Kids aged 4 & under are admitted free. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too.

GPS: Lat 42.918766 • Long -74.5930405


PERRY (Wyoming County) 14530


Silver Lake Twin Drive-in Theatre:

585-237-3372


located at 7037 Chapman Avenue, in Perry, NY

off of Route 39   (known locally as:
Pine Tavern Road, and: South Main Street)

east of Buffalo, and south of Rochester, NY


Originally a worn-out and run-down small town solo screen near the eastern shore of Silver Lake .. that had gone 'dark' by the point that the family which currently owns and operates it had acquired it (back in 1966); the old Picture Show at Silver Lake became New York's first resurrection, and a harbinger of the eventual Drive-in Movie renaissance. Meanwhile, the new owners didn't simply restore and re-open the Drive-in; they imaginatively and substantially re-invented it. Improved through two generations, and with the expansion and operations becoming a family tradition (for both theirs and yours), handed down from the pioneering Father to the entrepreneurial Son, Silver Lake has expanded through the years to become one of the most elaborate and best-run Drive-in Movie Theatres in America (and have managed it without seriously altering or detracting from the appeal and essence of the attractive rural venue). Apart from the imaginative set/deco aspects — better seen than described, amenities and enhancements on their 18-acre lot include a classic 18-hole miniature golf layout, full restaurant, pizzeria, and ice cream parlor (open from 11am, 7 days a week). As a Drive-in Movie Theatre, they are lighting each of their 2 screens with a double feature, seasonally, April thru October; on weekends in Spring & Fall, and full-tilt 7 nites during the peak Summer season. Movie audio is provided with a localized radio broadcast (Screen One: 104.9 FM | Screen Two: 100.9 FM). Admission: $8 for ages 11 & up; $3 for Children of ages 4-10; kids aged 3 & under are admitted free.

GPS: Lat 42.69915 • Long -78.01691


PORTVILLE (CattaraugusCounty) 14770


Portville Drive-in Theatre: 716-933-8750

located at 357 Route 417, in Portville, NY

South-east of Olean, and just south of the Village
of Portville (Route 417 is known locally as:
South Main Street, as it leaves town, and then aka:
Portville-Ceres Road, as it continues to the Drive-in)



Coming late to the proverbial Party, the rural Portville Drive-in was constructed amidst 22 acres of rolling hills and meadows in south-western New York, near the Pennsylvania state line .. and on the wane side of America's Drive-in boom (7 years after the peak year for New York Drive-ins). Remaining in operation ever since, it has also more than made-up for the late start, Originally as solo screen outdoor cinema when its big screen was first lit (back in 1970), the Portville is currently a state of the art twin-screen Drive-in Movie Theatre, equipped with digital sound and projection. They are open seasonally, April thru September (on Weekends only in Spring & Fall, and then full-tilt 7 nites during the peak Summer months). They are lighting each of their 2 screens with a double feature. Screen One is the biggest of their screens — if you're a stickler for always trying to see the larger picture (BTW: something you can forget about doing at an indoor multiplex). Movie audio is provided with a localized radio broadcast (Screen One: 90.7 FM | Screen Two: 106.9 FM). Admission: $7 for ages 12 & up; $2 for Children of ages 5-11; kids aged 4 & under are admitted free. Well-behaved and four-legged kids, i.e., Dogs, may also attend here, but must remain leashed when out of your vehicle.

GPS: Lat 42.02150 • Long -78.32997


POUGHKEEPSIE (Dutchess County) 12603


Overlook Drive-in: 845-452-3445

located at 126 Degarmo Road (& Overlook Road),
in Poughkeepsie, NY

From Taconic Parkway, exit to Rte 55 (Poughkeepsie), and continue west for 5½ miles (9 lites) & turn right at
CountyRoute 46 (Overlook Road). Continue 1.2 miles
on Overlook Road, to Drive-in entrance, on the left .


East of the Hudson River, this is the nearest operating Drive-in for Manhattan and metro NYC, and for those who believe that for a picture worth seeing, it's worth seeing the largest picture .. THIS is the largest movie screen of any kind for the New York metropolitan area. It has remained lit seasonally and consecutively since 1949. And speaking of getting the larger picture, no other Drive-in in the tri-state area provides a better view of the Drive-in experience as it looked during the heyday of America's love affair with Cinema al fresco — when the vast grass field beneath the huge screen (as tall as a 6-story building) is dotted with hundreds of people outside of their cars on summer weekends .. on blankets and lawnchairs at this 12-acre site well-bordered by tall trees on all sides. The Overlook has a capacity for up to 750 cars (despite it's above-average capacity, do plan on arriving early on the peak season weekends for a spot!). The screen is always lit with a double-feature, for less than a single movie costs at most indoor theatres. The traditional Drive-in pole speakers have been replaced by radio broadcast (87.9 FM). They are open seasonally, from mid-April to mid-October, every nite of the week. Admission: $9 for adults (ages 12&up); $6 for Children (ages 5-11); wee folk 4&under admitted free. The most popular item at the SnackBar here: their char-broiled BlackAngus burgers served on a crispy KaiserRoll. Monday night is Bargain Night, when they feature a reduced admission ($3 off the usual adult ticket price). TicketBooth is cash only, but CreditCards are accepted at the SnackBar.

GPS: Lat 41.67727 • Long -73.89060



ROCHESTER vicinity — see:   Avon, NY • Middleport, NY


SARATOGA vicinity — see: Ballston Spa, NY


SYRACUSE vicinity — see: Auburn, NY

UNADILLA (Otsego County) 13849


Unadilla Drive-in Theatre: 607-369-2000

located at 1706 Route 7, in Unadilla, NY

1½ miles east of town, on Route 7

Close & convenient to I-88 (Exit 11),
and then west on Route 357 to Route 7

approximately 15 minutes southwest of Oneonta,
or, 50 minutes northeast of Binghamton



The last of Otsego County's three Drive-in Movie Theatres, the Unadilla is a rural solo screen with a capacity for up to 500 cars, first lit back in 1956 (with an Alan Ladd / Victor Mature double-feature). They're still lighting the big screen with double features, seasonally, May thru LaborDay (Friday & Saturday evenings at first; then Fri/Sat and Sunday, beginning Memorial Day weekend; and usually 5 nites of the week after school lets out and thru LaborDay weekend (closed on Mondays & Tuesdays). Movie audio is provided with a localized radio broadcast (107.9 FM). Admission: $7 for ages 12 & up; $6 for Seniors; $4 for Children of ages 5-11; kids aged 4 & under are admitted free. Gate and TicketBooth are open from 7pm.

GPS: Lat 42.34547 • Long -75.28416


WARWICK (Orange County) 10990


Warwick Drive-in: 845-986-4440

11 Warwick Turnpike (off Route 94), in Warwick, NY

From New York State Thruway {87}: take Exit 15A (Sloatsburg/Suffern), turn left at end of exit ramp, onto Route 17 North. Continue north thru Sloatsburg and Tuxedo on Rte.17, and 2 miles north of Tuxedo take left exit to Sterling Forest/Greenwood Lake (17A). In the town of Greenwood Lake, veer to right at "Y" intersection (still on 17A), and make a left at the next "Y" intersection, to follow 17A into Warwick, to a "T" intersection, turning left at that lite, onto Rte 94 West. Continue through Warwick on 94 approximately 1 mile (to ShopRite on left); just past past ShopRite plaza, turn left towards Upper Greenwood Lake. Entrance to Drive-in will be about 200 yards uphill, on the left.

The stuff dreams are made of ..   Frank Seber got started in the Drive-in business as a teenager at the old Tri-States Drive-in (Matamoras, PA), now gone (Hello PriceChopper Shoppers!). Even then he talked of maybe someday having his own PictureShow .. a dream he eventually realized many years later, in 1977, after purchasing the Warwick Drive-in. Originally a 5-acre pasture hosting a 70' wide solo screen, with a capacity for up to 350 cars when it first opened in 1950, Frank acquired additional acreage for it, doubling the size of the Drive-in and added a second screen. The Warwick has remained in continuously operation, and the dream remains intact (now with 3 screens). Over decades that have been marked by the rise of the MallCulture and the demise of many thousands of Mom&Pop operations across America (and nearly 90% of our Drive-ins included), the Warwick remains lit, and still in the same family — Frank and his wife, Ann, retired after their 20th season, and it is now operated by one of their daughters and her family. They light each of their 3 screens with a double feature, seasonally, from mid-March thru October, every nite of the week (it's also the 1st of New York's nearly 30 Drive-ins to open each year, generally the weekend after St.Patty's Day). The audio for the movies is provided with local FM radio broadcasts. Admission: Adults $10.00 (ages 12&up); Children (ages 5-11) and Seniors $5.00; wee folk 4&under admitted free.

GPS: Lat 41.23582 • Long -74.38650

[!] The Warwick is the nearest operating Drive-in theatre for Rockland County (NY) and northern New Jersey residents, and one of 2 Drive-ins still operating in Orange County (the other is the Fair Oaks). If arriving early (definitely advisable on peak summer weekends), the SnackBar opens early, and bring your Laptop .. the Warwick also provides free WiFi for Internet access.


WATERTOWN vicinity — see: Black River, NY








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