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This was a one screen drive-in. I used to see it on the way to my grandmothers in the “Little Italy” section of Lockport NY. There was room for about 250 cars there according to a website. The original owner was Anthony Ragusa. I remember it was torn down in 1988 The Google map doesn’t show it but there is a couple old buildings still on site like the projection and snack bar buildings but you wouldn’t know by looking if you didn’t know it once stood there.There is a lot of garbage on site.
This was on the show American Pickers tonight. They interviewed someone that was trying to save the theater at one time and he actually had some of the Art Deco style light fixtures in there that they bought
If you Google the address you will see the picture of the theater. It is an appliance store but last year the marquee had to be taken down as it was in disrepair.
This showed up over on a Facebook group:
This just appeared over in the Facebook group “Old Images of the Bronx”
Chicago has had some amazing movie palaces.
Pretty cool the last picture looks like the board before being installed.
Man that is so sad.
Now the church that was near it just burned. I know it’s a theater site but it’s sad nonetheless.
I hadn’t heard this. I was just near there a couple weeks ago.
I saw the episode but that daughter said it was open in the 1970’s when Mike was talking to her? I wonder if that 1968 date is correct then?
Excellent thanks for that link!
Here is a local organist who has a lot of information on the theater and a Facebook page with great photographs:
Check this out everyone:
Great information. Thanks!
Yes I posted that above. Pretty cool that he could do that. I had the original magazine article.
Yeah it is a great site. I used to go there more but it is pretty extensive with the pictures and all.
Try this site: It is a fan site and not owned by MTA but is a wealth of information. My ex worked for MTA and told me about it:
Did anyone notice on last nightâ€™s episode of â€œAmerican Pickersâ€ that they bought one of the lobby card cases from The Fox theater in Brooklyn. They got it from a warehouse in Staten Island.
Very cool photo’s.
It’s too bad now because the technology exisits to save that theatre with good acoustics.
You guys might be interested to know a guy in Philadephia that owns a company “Urban Artifacts” has a lot of Mayfair artifacts that a guy named Eric Von Grimmenstein III from Indianappolis bought to restore. He has build a small replica home theatre in his house to look like the MayFair. There is an article about it in June/July/August edition of Sound and Vision magazine. If anyone wants it let me know.
It makes no sense? Why could they have just let the building alone like it was? Unbelievable.
Its so sad to look at these pics. Again Rochester tears down things like they did with the RKO and old train terminal. I can’t believe it is allowed to happen. People don’t appreciate anything.