Route 303 Drive-In

121 Route 303,
Orangeburg, NY 10962

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Route 303 Drive-In

Another of the bygone drive-ins in Rockland county. The 303 Drive-In was opened August 3, 1956 with Yul Brynner in “The King and I” & Walt Disney’s “Sardinia”. 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 and was closed in 1988 to become a flea market.

Contributed by RobertR

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th335681
th335681 on October 2, 2006 at 4:56 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 6:30 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 7:33 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 7:35 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 19, 2012 at 12:13 am

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.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 1, 2016 at 2:46 pm

August 3rd, 1956 grand opening ad in photo section.

kennerado
kennerado on December 5, 2019 at 9:08 pm

This was a huge single screen site, could’ve easily been twinned. Anyway it looks like the giant concession building still exists on the site.

50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on March 20, 2020 at 8:41 pm

According To The Journal News, The Route 303 Drive-In In Orangeburg Lasted For At Least 31 Years Until It Is Converted Into A Flea Market In 1987.

kennerado
kennerado on March 24, 2020 at 10:29 pm

Its funny, I just noticed on the newest street view image they just removed the drive in wording on the road sign and hung a banner saying nursery.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 3, 2020 at 1:44 am

Also opened with Walt Disney’s “Sardinia”. Closed in 1988. The snack bar is now used for a horticultural landscape center and the marquee used as a sign for the building. The rest of the site is now used as the town compost/recycling center.

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