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El Rancho Drive-in

6070 Route 5
Palatine Bridge, NY 13428


Phone : 518-883-5735
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Status: OPEN
Opened:1952
Closed:open
Screens:1
Car Capacity:300
Open Year Round:No, seasonal
Outside Food:Not Allowed
Digital:Yes
Admission Price:$10 adults, $5 kids
Pets Allowed:Yes
Cash Only:Yes
Sound:90.5 FM
Food Permit:No Outside Food
Alcohol:Not Allowed

About El Rancho Drive-in

The El Rancho Drive-in is a single screen drive-in theater located in Palatine Bridge, New York. In continuous operation since its big (88' wide) screen was first lit back in 1952, the El Rancho Drive-in is one of those unexpected and to be cherished roadside anomalies. That it has managed to survive at all (bypassed by the Interstate and without benefit of frontage & visibility along a major highway), well off the proverbial path, sequestered within what is still predominantly a farming community and the fact that its solo screen has remained lit through 63 consecutive seasons is testimony to an enduring appreciation for this classic but modest old fashioned outdoor drive-in. The El Rancho Drive-in has a capacity for up to 300 cars, during a season which generally runs April thru October (weather-willing). They show double features on Friday & Saturday nights in Spring & Fall and are open 7 nights during the peak Summer season after Schools let out and up until Labor Day. They light their BIG screen with a double feature, and audio is provided with a localized radio broadcast 90.5 FM. Admission is $10 adults (ages 12&up); $5 for Children aged 3-11; Kids aged 2 & under are admitted free, and well-behaved dogs are welcome too. And please note that the El Rancho Drive-in is cash only, so leave the credit cards at home. Also, they do not allow any outside food or drink at the El Rancho Drive-in.
cars lining up at the el rancho drive-in
Cars lining up for the show at the El Rancho Drive-in in Palatine Bridge, NY. CRREDIT: El Rancho Drive-in Facebook page.
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