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Although New York state was one of the first 10 states to host a drive-in theater (the first one opened in NY in 1938 on Long Island), the Empire State was still a late bloomer for drive-ins. Generally, across America, the peak years for drive-in theaters were the late 1950's. However, New York did not reach its peak number of drive-in theaters until 1963 when it boasted about 150 drive-ins in the state. Since then though, only about 81% of the drive-ins in the state have closed. And while that may seem like a very large number, the average is well over 90% for the rest of the country. Today, New York state still has 28 remaining drive-ins in operation which is the largest number of any state (Pennsylvania is second with 27).

Open Drive-ins

Bay Drive-in
State Route 26
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

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, ...more about Bay Drive-in
Four Brothers Drive-in Theater
4957 New York 22
Amenia, NY 12501

Among the several refurbished, restored, or newly-constructed picture shows underscoring a Drive-in renaissance in New York (one of America's Top 5 st...more about Four Brothers Drive-in Theater
Finger Lakes Drive-in
1064 Clark Street Road
Aurelius, NY 13021

The Auburn vicinity had hosted both of the two outdoor picture shows which had once existed in Cayuga County, the Finger lakes having been Cayuga's fi...more about Finger Lakes Drive-in
Hollywood Drive-in
9254 Averill Park Road
Averill Park, NY 12018

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...more about Hollywood Drive-in
Vintage Drive-in
1520 West Henrietta Road
Avon, NY 14414

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 whe...more about Vintage Drive-in
Malta Drive-in
2785 Route 9
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

With many happy returns, appreciative Drive-in enthusiasts have seen this venerable picture show through more than half a century, and can return this...more about Malta Drive-in
Elmira Drive-in
2431 Route 352
Big Flats, NY 14903

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 se...more about Elmira Drive-in
Ozoner 29 Drive-in
837 Route 29
Broadalbin, NY 12025

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 b...more about Ozoner 29 Drive-in
HiWay Drive-in
10769 Route 9W
Coxsackie, NY 12051

One of several New York Drive-in theatres constructed by the Klein brothers during the toddler years of the Drive-in boom, the Hi-way Drive-in opened ...more about HiWay Drive-in
Delvan Twin Drive-in
11771 State Route 16
Delvan, NY 14042

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 c...more about Delvan Twin Drive-in
Glen Drive-in
975 Route 9
Glen Falls, NY 12804

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 f...more about Glen Drive-in
Jericho Drive-in
21 Jericho Road
Glenmont, NY 12077

Now in its 58th season, this was the fourth outdoor picture show to be built by and originally operated in New York by Morris & Raphael Klein (and is ...more about Jericho Drive-in
Greenville Drive-in
10700 Route 32
Greenville, NY 12083

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 happ...more about Greenville Drive-in
Hyde Park Drive-in
4114 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

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, w...more about Hyde Park Drive-in
Transit Drive-in
6655 Transit Road
Lockport, NY 14094

The nearest outdoor cinema for Buffalo is also one of only three quads ? 4screen Drive-ins in New York, among the 29 Drive-ins operating in the state ...more about Transit Drive-in
Valley Brook Drive-in
Burdicks Crossing Rd
Lyons Falls, NY 13368

This modest solo screen Drive-in at the western edge of the Adirondack State Park, retains the semblance and sensibility of an old fashioned rural out...more about Valley Brook Drive-in
56 Auto Drive-in
9783 Route 56
Massena , NY 13662

The 56 is the northernmost outdoor cinema in New York (if you're going any further north .. think about bringing your passport!) and is the only Drive...more about 56 Auto Drive-in
Sunset Drive-in
9950 Telegraph Road
Middleport, NY 14105

One of New York's oldest continuously operated Drive-in Movie Theatres, the Sunset isn't just managing to carry on, it's carrying on a family traditio...more about Sunset Drive-in
Fair Oaks Drive-in
365 Bloomingburg Road
Middletown, NY 10940

Originally constructed as a solo screen drive-in theater (the second of 2 which were built in the vicinity of Middletown), the Fair Oaks Drive-in open...more about Fair Oaks Drive-in
Midway Drive-in
2475 Route 48
Minetto, NY 13115

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 &...more about Midway Drive-in
Hathaway's Drive-in
4762 State Route 67
North Hoosic, NY 12133

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-...more about Hathaway's Drive-in
El Rancho Drive-in
6070 Route 5
Palatine Bridge, NY 13428

In continuous operation since its big (88' wide) screen was first lit (back in 1952), Palatine Bridge is one of those unexpected and to be cherished r...more about El Rancho Drive-in
Silver Lake Twin Drive-in
7037 Chapman Avenue
Perry, NY 14530

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 w...more about Silver Lake Twin Drive-in
Portville Drive-in Theater
357 Route 417
Portville, NY 14770

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 Yo...more about Portville Drive-in Theater
Overlook Drive-in
126 Degarmo Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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 seein...more about Overlook Drive-in
Unadilla Drive-in Theater
1706 Route 7
Unadilla, NY 13849

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 1...more about Unadilla Drive-in Theater
Warwick Drive-in
5 Warwick Turnpike
Warwick, NY 10990

It's the stuff dreams are made of .. ? Frank Seeber got started in the Drive-in business as a teenager out at the old Tri-States Drive-in (Matamoras, ...more about Warwick Drive-in
Black River Drive-in
28035 State Route 3
Watertown, NY 13601

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 re...more about Black River Drive-in

Permanantly Closed Drive-ins

Park 60 Drive-in
1529 Foote Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701

Among several of New York State's contributions to America's Drive-in Renaissance (as among the many recently-built or the formerly 'dark' Drive-ins t...more about Park 60 Drive-in
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