Route 303 Drive-In

141 Route 303,
Orangeburg, NY 10962

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Another of the bygone drive-ins in Rockland county. The 303 Drive-In was opened August 3, 1955 with “The King and I”. It was built for and operated by Skouras Theatres. It had a capacity for 1,834 cars, and had a playground for children.

The Route 303 Drive-In was last operated by United Artists.

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burstco
burstco on March 30, 2006 at 4:30 pm

What year did it open??

joemasher
joemasher on March 31, 2006 at 7:01 am

Since the photo above was taken, the marquee was restored. It is used to advertise the nursery and the town compost/recycling center now located on the drive-in lot.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on April 24, 2006 at 3:01 pm

The first film to play here was The King and I; I think the date was August 28, 1956. The place was still operational into the mid 1980’s. On weekends it doubled as a flea market, where you could have found all kinds of interesting stuff. I recall a year before it closed there was a wind storm and it knocked a couple of the tiles from the screen; the management never fixed it and continued to show movies on it till it closed!

th335681
th335681 on October 2, 2006 at 9:22 am

Which theatre are you referring to? There was a drive-in located in Orangeburg and one in West Nyack. The address would seem to suggest that you are referring to the Orangeburg theatre, but your reference to Clarkstown being the owner of the property suggests that it may be the West Nyack theatre. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Tom Davis

burstco
burstco on October 2, 2006 at 12:03 pm

All info above is about the Rt. 303 Orangeburg Drive-in!!!
I would love to know any info about the west Nyack Drive-in also on Rt 303 but in west Nyack! i.e. first movie shown year it opened???
Burstco

th335681
th335681 on October 2, 2006 at 1:56 pm

Thank you for the speedy reply. I wish I could furnish the answers you request, but alas, I have forgotten – if I ever knew them. I spent the summers and weekends at both drive-ins with my high school sweetie in ‘64. '65, and '66. In '64, I actually woked at the Rt. 303, Orangebyrg drive-in during the summer. The Nyack Drive-in, which may have technically been located in Blauvelt, followed the Rt. 303 Drive-in in opening, but I don’t know when it actually opened or what the first movie shown was. It was located just south of Lake Oneora swimming club, also long gone now.

I did see a related website or ‘blog’ about those drive-ins in classmates.com, somewhere- let me see if I can locate the URL before I close. Thanks,
Tom Davis
p.s. try and copy and paste this url:
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Janice1
Janice1 on April 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Bill Fredericks of Pearl River NY was one of the main projectionists at the 303 Drive-In for many many years beginning in the 1950’s. (Not sure about the exact spelling of his name, might have been Frederick.) I was in the booth in the 1950’s when I (and the booth) was quite young. I vividly remember that the Arc lamps were HUGE, you could just about crawl inside them. The projectors were Century’s according to my recollection. The Drive In was located off of Rt 303, within sight of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, and adjacent to the US Army Reserve Center.

CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on April 20, 2011 at 4:33 am

While hiking in Buttermilk Falls County Park a couple of weeks ago, our group could clearly see the remains of a drive in that was right across the street from the park. This has to be the West Nyack theater that Tom Davis mentions? The screen is still up and you can see how the parking field radiates out from the screen. There’s no marquee or anything on Route 303 so unless you climbed to the height that we did, you would not know it was there. Can anyone confirm this is the West Nyack Drive-in?

CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on April 20, 2011 at 4:35 am

Never mind. I found it listed on this site. It’s actually in Blauvelt. How could I ever think a movie theater could escape a mention on this site? My apologies. My God this site is thorough.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Above address is now incorrect. Now Organic Recycling, Inc. @ 121 New York 303. The entrance for this business is the same as the drive-in.

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