Front Drive-In

1279 Upper Front Street,
Binghamton, NY 13901

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Front Drive-In

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adamghost
adamghost on April 11, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I think the entrance was actually where Wendy’s is now. The reason I say this is that in the ‘70s, just before they built Wendy’s, there was still a triangular entry marquee sign next to the road. It was not lettered, so it could have been for something else, but it looked like a drive-in entrance sign. When they built the Wendy’s the sign was removed.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2009 at 12:29 am

THE FRONT DRIVE IN in 1956 held 720 cars and was owned by Herbert Nitke.FRONT DRIVE-IN THEATRE CORP.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on November 29, 2009 at 2:17 am

Bet we could find the entrance if we had some sort of Aerial view of the old place….

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

@Sam: Ask and ye shall receive.

Here is a 1958 aerial photo of the Front Drive-In, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

http://flic.kr/p/99ZpVm

It looks like it was a beautiful drive-in, it’s a shame they had to build I-81 over it.

steve_verno
steve_verno on May 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

We used to go here when we didnt go to the V-drive In or Airport Drive In. Saturdays were the best days. Going to the Sun Theater in the afternoon and drive in at Saturday night. I wish those days were back and so were drive-ins.

adamghost
adamghost on February 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Bull’s eye. The little triangle area in the aerial photo with the spot inside it corresponds exactly to my mid ‘70s memory of there being a marquee sign there, and looking at googlemaps it also corresponds exactly to where Wendy’s (1251 Upper Front Street) is. I remember they put the Wendy’s sign right where the old marquee sign had been.

Looks like the drive-in itself is now Wolfe Park. Interesting! Worth a visit sometime.

lalainthelibrary
lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

@steve_verno: Where was the Sun theater?

generalenigma
generalenigma on February 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Dear lalainthelibrary — The Sun Theatre was on Glenwood Avenue at the corner of Julian Street. The building still stands. You can see it in this web site’s page for The Sun Theatre. Check it out. Jim Macumber

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