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The Franklin Drive-In opened on May 31, 1948 and closed at the end of the 1982 season. It was located about 1-½ miles north of Malone at the corner of Junction Rd. Junction Rd. runs parallel to Route 11 and they curve together at this point.
You’re right, it’s not a Disney film. It is described on IMDb thus:
Standard boy-girl malt shoppe doings, with a free speech on campus sub-plot dropped in.
It stars Bobby Vee and Jackie DeShannon.
The people that wrote reviews on the IMDb site all seem to agree that this movie is hilarious, without meaning to be.
A photo of the theatre is here:
The article here will confirm the dates that this drive-in operated.
It opened on July 20, 1956 and the final night was September 24, 1962.
The State Theatre opened in June of 1937. The original marquee featured 800 incandescent bulbs and “countless yards of neon tubing”.
The Lido stands as proof that a single screen house can survive if the owner is willing to work hard and please the customers.
Keep up the great work.
I saw some movies here in the 90’s when I lived in Queens. Always loved the place and thought it was fortunate to have been designed the way it is (with the stadium seating at the rear) which made it possible to triplex without disturbing the main auditorium.
I went to three of the Furthur shows at the Tower this past weekend. It was great to see this theatre still in use and the sound was great. It was a little sad to see some of the damage done to the theatre over the years. There are three archways on each side of the auditorium that seem to have had a backlit decoration which is gone, the openings are filled with plywood. Big portions of the plaster decoration have been removed on both sides and much of what made this an atmospheric is gone. It looks as though the movie screen may have been moved forward of the proscenium at one time and so the remnants of the curtains are in front of the proscenium opening. They are ragged and dirty. There were about 35 lights representing stars in the ceiling which were on Friday and Saturday, but not turned on for Sunday. The lobbies on both floors are in good condition with the decor intact. The seats are newer and in good condition.
While I would love to see the auditorium fully restored, that will probably not happen in the neighborhood where the Tower is located. I am glad to see it successful as a rock hall which keeps it in use and safe from destruction and I think it anchors the neighborhood.
This weekend I attended two of the five performances by Furthur at the Best Buy Theatre. The Keith’s in Flushing would have been a much better venue if it were available. It would have seated more people and parking would have been a breeze compared to parking in Times Square. It also would have been more comfortable than the Best Buy could ever hope to be. The people that attended these shows went despite them being in Times Square, not because of it.
I saw two concerts there this weekend. They have turned this place into kind of a dump. It smelled bad and everything was sticky.
I would think the proximity of the 7 train and the LIRR would mitigate the need for parking. Also, I seem to remember some big municipal lots in the area.
Chris, I found a link to the photos in Lost Memory’s post of 8/18/08. The link brought me to the last photo of the set and you can move backward through them.
Any word on what is happening at this theatre?
Has the new owner done anythning with it?
The mystery of the quonset hut is solved. A long time resident of Champlain, Celine Paquette tells me that the original location for the Lyceum was at 3 Oak Street, in a building now occupied by the Knights of Columbus. In the early 50’s the theatre relocated to the quonset hut building at 127 Elm Street(the American Legion hall). She did not know when the theatre ceased operation.
I think larry1 was being sarcastic.
On December 8 DaveBazooka posted a comment which quotes the landmark law as saying interior landmarks have to be open to the public on a regular basis. The NY Post article sounds like the lobby will be visible through a glass curtain or wall. Is thiis considered ‘open to the public’?
THIS THEATRE NEEDS TO BE UPDATED
2 screens 203 total seats 135 down and 68 up.
Twinned in 1985
Official website: http://tupperlakemovies.com/
I think the photos posted by lost memory on 10/28/08 are nicer than the ones on the theatre’s wabsite. Thanks very much!
I sent a note to the local historian asking if the theatre might have had more than one location. I’ll let you know when I get a reply.
You are right about the map. Berkeley was located across Main Street from the Hotel Saranac, in the wedge shaped lot at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway Street. There is a red awning sticking out from the basement entrance that was the theatre entrance. Last time I was up there (and it’s been awhile) there was a nightclub in the Berkeley space.
I count three drive-ins in Plattsburgh.
Stardust, Plattsburgh, Super 87.
An article in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican dated May 7, 1981 regarding the reopening here states that it holds 550 cars. An advertisement in the same paper from June 2, 1976, when the drive-in was offered for sale, claims it holds 650 cars. I must admit I have no personal knowledge.
Maybe one figure used VW’s and the other station wagons. (LOL)
In 1955 a cinemascope screen was installed at the Palace. It was a “Raytone Silver Screen”, the same type as in the NYC Paramount.
In the 1950’s a company called Plattsburgh Salvage (later known as Globe Metal Service) advertised itself as opposite the Plattsburgh Drive-In.
An article from 1965 says “Owner John Quinn, of Quinn Motor Sales,will lease property from Franklin Akey on the north side of the highway adjacent to the Plattsburgh Drive-In Theatre”. Another article (also from 1965) states that Mr. Akey is erecting a new building near the drive-in that will be leased to a Canadian manufacturer of aluminum overhead and industrial doors.
I don’t know if this helps but I hope it does.
I’m not sure I agree with the location. All their ads say they were located 1 mile west of I-87, but Hammond Lane is less than a half mile from the highway.