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The Airport Drive-In opened in 1961, to replace the Front Drive-In which was torn down to build I-81. The drive-in was located on Airport Road, just below the Broome County Airport. It held 1,001 cars.
Loews moved me to the Binghamton area in 1990, and the Airport Drive-In was limping. I was able to convince my Division Manager to let me revamp the Drive-In—we made it second-run, at a carload price, and did several successful promotions with Wendy’s and an area radio station. We were a hit, and the drive-in pushed on for another three years. We were able to repaint the screen, install FM sound (the AM would cut out when a plane flew overhead!), paint the buildings, and mow down the last 10 or so ramps, which hadn’t been used in years. We actually sold out on a few occasions-one time even delaying flights out of the airport because of the traffic (two lane road)!
After the summer of 1993, Loews opened the Town Square multiplex in nearby Vestal, and we lost the lease on the drive-in because we would not renew two of the single-screen ‘hardtops’ (Cinema Endicott and Towne Theatre Endicott) that the landlord owned. They would not allow us to just lease the drive-in. So the Airport sat, fully equipped and ready to open for the season, for about five years before it was demolished!! Of course, vandals moved in…
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