Overlook Drive-In

126 Degarmo Road,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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NeonMichael
NeonMichael on October 1, 2017 at 3:11 pm

The Overlook must have been built in a hurry! From the Poughkeepsie Journal, Aug. 4, 1949:

Four Albany men have formed a corporation which has purchased property in the Overland Road, Town of LaGrange, as a site for a drive-in theater, it was learned today.

The Albany group has purchased approximately 12 acres of land of the George Beyer property in Overlook road. The deed of the transaction indicated a consideration of $9,000. Members of the corporation were identified as Harry Lamont, Gerald S. Schwartz, Sidney Urbach and Lewis A. Sumberg. The last named is attorney to the corporation.

… The theater will accommodate 700 cars, it was said. The 12-acre tract is bounded on the east by Overlook road and on the west by the Wappingers creek. It is close to DeGarmo bridge.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on October 1, 2017 at 2:42 pm

The 1949-50 Theatre Catalog listed the Overlook’s owner as Harry Lamont, and its capacity as 700 cars. Other references list the capacity at 500.

The 1952-54 Motion Picture Almanacs listed the owner as “Dutchess Drive-In, Inc., H. Lamont”. Lamont was listed by himself from 1955 through 1966.

In the 1982 MPA, the Overlook is listed under Lagrange with the owner S. F. Cohen, and that’s the way it stayed through its last drive-in list in 1988.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 13, 2016 at 7:35 am

September 10th, 1949 grand opening ad in photo section.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on January 18, 2016 at 9:11 pm

Shouldn’t that be “Harry & Tonto” not Toronto?

dondzikowski
dondzikowski on January 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Alicia, the movies playing the Overlook Drive-in Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY on June 1, 1976 were a double feature of Mother Jugs and Speed and Harry and Toronto. Sorry my reply being late by about eight years.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

1969 sees “PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE” and “GUIDE FOR A MARRIED MAN” playing both rated “M”.

cyndercrystal
cyndercrystal on September 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Somebody’s sniffing for answers for You Can’t Win! LMAO. You’re not alone!

AliciaLanese
AliciaLanese on September 20, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Does anyone know how to find out what two movies were playing at the Overlook back in 1976? June 1 st to be exact? Lish

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 15, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Mentioned in a NYTimes CT Section piece on the two drive-ins left in Connecticut.

http://tinyurl.com/6ogwv4

NewYorkDave
NewYorkDave on March 23, 2008 at 11:01 am

Excellent!

I can verify that the two drive-ins near me (Overlook and Hyde Park) do a bang-up business in the summer, so there’s definitely a market for drive-ins. Now let’s bring back the automat and the drive-in restaurant!

markp
markp on March 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Correct NYDave. Here in New Jersey, the Delsea Drive-in reopened after being closed for almost 20 years. And in Maryland and Texas, I believe some brand new ones were built in the last few years.

NewYorkDave
NewYorkDave on March 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm

I believe a handful of drive-ins have actually OPENED in recent years, in a modest reversal of a long-time trend. I don’t have corroborating data at the moment to back that up, but I distinctly remember reading that somewhere within the past couple of years

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 19, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Is there any way to get even a rough estimate of how many operating drive-ins are left in the US? I think the peak was in the thousands back in the early to mid 50s.

movieguy
movieguy on March 19, 2008 at 12:59 pm

This is an EXCELLENT DRIVE IN! The screen is BIG.Trees flank both sides of the screen.In addition there are NO HOUSES,BUSINESSES around the Drive In

This makes it whisper quiet and with no light anywhere around it is pitch dark PERFECT for viewing!

NewYorkDave
NewYorkDave on March 19, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Like its sister drive-in in Hyde Park, I love this place and have been going there for years. Long live drive-ins!