Buffalo Drive-In

3085 Harlem Road,
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

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The Buffalo Drive-In opened in August 1941. It is listed in 1955 as being on Harlem Road at Genesee Street, in Cheektowaga, to the east of Buffalo. At that time as a single screen it had a capacity for 650 cars.

It had a capacity for 1,200 cars in its 3-screens and was open April to September. The Buffalo Drive-In was closed on September 1, 2007.

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NYozoner
NYozoner on January 4, 2008 at 6:04 pm

The Buffalo Drive-in was the first ozoner to open in the Buffalo area on August 1, 1941. Their first movie was DOWN ARGENTINE WAY, and the ticket cost was only 31 cents per person.

The original drive-in was torn down after the 1973 season and rebuilt as a triple screen drive-in, which reopened on July 18, 1974.

The Buffalo Drive-in’s final season was 2007, when it was sold to a developer for the construction of a medical office park.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 4, 2008 at 6:10 pm

If so, then the status should be changed to closed.

railroad
railroad on April 8, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Located in Cheektowaga, NY, phone number 1960: TAylor 0406

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I was serching in my 1956 Motion Picture Almanac and NO drive-ins are listed in Buffalo.They must have had a small city limits and all the Drive-ins were in nearby towns?

LouB
LouB on March 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

This theatre was actually in Cheektowaga. There is a picture of the marquee in the snack bar of the medical complex, which occupies the site of the former drive-in.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Goggle Earth View 2005

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on March 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Looks like, by aerial view, the snack bar was saved! But there is still quite a bit of land not being used by the new business' there. The back 2 lots of the drive in are still there. Possibly could have still had at least 1, possibly 2 screens for the area to have their drive in theatre. Seen here. <— Google Maps… Oh well. Progress?

Randy A Carlisle

tsar
tsar on July 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Took my 11 year old daughter for the final night. Saw one of the Die Hard films. Very bittersweet. Now it’s just the Transit Drive-In. I know Sunset in Middleport and the Silverlake are still around but they are a little far out for city residents.

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