Front Drive-In

1279 Upper Front Street,
Binghamton, NY 13901

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Front Drive-In

The Front Drive-In was opened June 22, 1949 with “Song of Scheherazarde”.

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NYozoner on January 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

@Sam: Ask and ye shall receive.

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

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

steve_verno on May 9, 2012 at 4:41 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 on February 4, 2013 at 8:01 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 on February 25, 2014 at 1:45 pm

@steve_verno: Where was the Sun theater?

generalenigma on February 25, 2014 at 1:56 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

lgbirt on March 10, 2016 at 10:38 am

When I was in 4th grade at Nimmonsburg Elementary I lived above the Town & Country Restaurant (now Dunkin Donuts). We used to walk in through the back and watch movies here in the Summer of 1959.

rivest266 on February 18, 2017 at 8:59 am

Grand opening ad in the photo section and below.

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rivest266 on February 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

This opened on June 22nd, 1949.

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