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HI, PATSY!!!! SORRY I’VE BEEN OUT OF TOUCH THIS LONG. OUR DRIVE IN IS OPEN NOW AND MY FATHER AND MYSELF STILL REALLY HOPE TO MEET YOU THIS SUMMER. WE OPENED LAST WEEKEND. IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH MY FATHER ABOUT ANY PREVIOUSLY OWNED BLATT BROS. THEATRES THEY CAN E MAIL ME AT
hi patsy. hey, i was looking at another sight in which you mentioned the grand theatre and also the blatt brothers. my father began the theatre business working for them as a ticket boy. they became very good friends up until this day. jack blatt died a few years ago, but my father still visits his son he owns a business here in erie. his wife is still here. she was a high school teacher of mine also. they offered my father their business when they retired. up until then, my dad managed all of their drive ins. the corry drive in was one of them. the screen used to say blatt brothers on it. my dad had it painted awhile ago and now it states kirsches corry drive in on it. just a little something i thought you’d like to know. my dad is filled with so much information to offer to you. i’m so glad to have come accross you.
my dads name is joe kirsch. steiner is my married name. he looks forward to talking with you. he love to talk about the drive ins. he is also very sad about tha loss of the movie theatres and drive ins. our drive in, however, does very well. my dad makes it very affordable for families enjoy time together. only 8.00 a carload. look forward to hearing from you again.
all i did to find this sight was look up the names and cities of all my dads old theatres. when i looked up the grand theatre in westfield new york this was the sight that i found. we havent been back since the theatre days, at least i havent. my dad may have. hey, happy new year! by the way, my name is dawn.
the bathroom was really red as was the theatre itself. the snackbar was tiny. simply pop,candy and popcorn. i know because i made it as a 14 year old. my dad used to pay me 10% of what we took in and people would ask me if i was old enough to work there. we drove everyday in the winter and i remember going next door to the portage inn with my parents. they knew people there. that was my favorite theatre, probably because it was the only indoor one that i remember my dad running. i very much remember the star drive in, the lakeview drive in, and the lawerence park drive in which my dad also ran. there were more, but i don’t remember them. my dad loves to remenise about these so he’ll love to talk with you. he knows so much. you’ll love him.
my dad has a complete listing of all the theatres in and around erie from the first one built in 1893. he is willing to share this with you. the semi that hit the theatre did so when the marquee said “smash hit” and played The Best Little ********* in Texas, which he refused to put on the marquee. the folly theatre, my dad and his movie collectors, actually ran a movie there last year. only the screen remains inside. please feel free to contact us @
my father owned this theatre from 1980-1983. his name is joseph kirsch. i worked there as a 6th grader,also. my father said he would be willing to give you his home phone number to contact him if you wish. we live in erie pa and currently own the corry drive in in corry, pa. please feel free to respond.