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The correct address for this theatre is 12 White Street.
The theatre is scheduled for demolition starting as soon as tomorrow, 11/5/10.
“We’re mobilizing and demolishing the building” Mayor John T. McDonald III said Wednesday.
DiTonno and Sons of Colonie, NY had been contracted to demolish the building at a cost of $46,600.
If the policy of the website is to list theatres that have been converted to churches as closed, then this one needs to have the status changed.
Where could I see Ed’s photos of the Laurelton?
It’s great to have another old theater back in business. Planning to visit you soon.
ProfJoe, I feel the Fillmore East also did it’s part by “showing films or popular entertainment that held society together” and “giving and reinforcing a sense of community and belonging”. It was a different community and culture than in the past, but the theatre adapted with the times. I’ll bet when it changed from a Yiddish theater to a cinema, there were people that were also very unhappy, and thought the neighborhood was ruined. You celebrate the time it was the Loew’s Commodore, so as unhappy as you were with the Fillmore, please allow us to celebrate it. Myself and many of my friends consider that site hallowed ground.
The Turnpike was not located at Arlene Av., which runs north from Western Avenue. The drive-in was on the south side of Western Av., and what was the entrance to the drive-in is now Highwood Circle.
They are still open and the correct phone number is 518-532-9077.
I found a newspaper article in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican which states that Malone had two theaters, the Plaza and the Schine. The article, dated 9/9/90 indicates it was the Schine, built in the 1930’s, that was demolished to make way for the bank building.
Originally, there was a large American Indian (with an arrow ready to be fired from his bow) underneath the name Mohawk on the back of the screen. This was a very difficult drive-in to sneak into!
Albany is not really a large city geographically so all the drive-ins are and were located outside the city limits. The closest ones still operating are the Jericho in Glenmont, Malta in Malta and the Hollywood in Averill Park. The long gone ones include the Tri-City Twin in Menands,Latham in Latham, Mohawk in Colonie, Carmen in Guilderland, Auto-Vision in East Greenbush, Super 50 in Glenville, and Indian Ladder in New Scotland, as well as the Turnpike. This list is far from complete, but includes the ones I went to as a youngster.
My friend Dave’s father was one of the owners of this theater in the early 1970’s. He had his thirteenth birthday party at the theater. Most of our parents were a little upset by the movie choice – Easy Rider.
I have looked through 100-200 newspaper articles and ads and none of them give a more specific address than Holiday Harbor. It is near the intersection of Mirror Lake Dr and Lake Street. If you look on Google satellite for Lake St, Lake Placid you can see a small group of condos that were built on part of the site.
I don’t know what other info you are looking for.
The add photo feature on this site has not been available for a while.
I tried to find a more precise location for this drive-in. I don’t believe there were street addresses for the areas between villages on the state highways. I searched Google earth and found an area on the Sara-Placid Rd. between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake where the forest is not fully grown in, and I believe this is the former drive-in site. There are no crossroads as this is in a wilderness area.
I did find some listings in the early 50’s and later in the 60’s that call this the Tupper Drive-In.
I’m not sure of the name of the company now on the site, but it is across the road from the Northwoods Cabins. It is on Route 30 about 1 mile north of the Sunmount facility.
I hope that your project comes to fruition.
Gregg Davenport (no relation, I don’t think)
Thanks for your help!!
I used to pass by this theater on the J train on my way to work. It looked like there were 2 or 3 other theaters in the same area. Can anyone tell me what they were? Thanks.
This is one of the best run theaters I have attended. Prices are low, everything is clean, and the picture is great. The seats are more comfortable than the newest multiplexes.
I attended this theater once when I was living in Queens. Couldn’t even tell you what I saw because I fell in love with the theater. What I rememeber most is that the auditorium opened into the concession area and they closed curtains at the back of the auditorium as the presentation started.
It sounds like bad news but we can hope he is an unsuccessful as the past couple of developers. I just hope he doesn’t do any further damage.
When the porno theater closed and the quick lube moved in, did anything really change?
I attended a show at the Paramount last year. It is absolutely beautiful!
The screen has been replaced. The mens room still is odorific!!
I didn’t know a group had formed to try and save this beautiful theater. How would I get in touch with them? I would like to help with this effort.
RPI (the college that owns this building) just spent over 100 million dollars building a new sports venue but couldn’t possibly find the money to save this piece of history.