Loomis's Delevan Drive-In
11771 Route 16,
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The Develan Drive-In was opened Steptember 24, 1959 and could acommodate 400 cars.. I first discovered the Delevan Drive-In about 20 years ago. It was a single screen then and remained so until, I believe, 2005. During its single screen era it accommodated 500 cars. Today, with two screens, the drive-in accomodates a total of 550 cars.
Although seeing a movie at a drive-in is a totally different experience than at a regular theatre, each has some advantages.
The Loomis’s Delevan Drive-In is your typical semi-rural drive in—no fancy screen enclosure or neoned entrance. However, in the 20 or so times I’ve attended, it’s always been a pleasant movie experience.
Both screens have radio sound — screen #1 has both AM and FM transmission while Screen #2 has only FM so remember, if you’re driving the 1950’s classic, go to screen #1.
A further enticement to visit the drive-in would be its fairly extensive and reasonably priced snack bar. The $6.00 per person admission for two (usually first-run) films also helps motivate.
The Western New York area is a must for drive-in enthusiasts — the Buffalo area alone has about six or seven operating drive-ins.
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