V Drive-In

2531 Vestal Parkway East,
Vestal, NY 13850

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V Drive-In

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Opened August 18, 1958, the V Drive-In was located on the Vestal Parkway in Vestal, NY. It’s most distinguishing feature was that you drove into the theater right under the screen. There was playground equipment on a enbankment in front of the screen in its early days, but these were gone by the 1980’s.

The theater was torn down in 1991 to make way for a large strip mall. A movie theater now sits where the projection building was.

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Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

jwmovies on December 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Above address is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 2531 Vestal Parkway East.

The Credit Union @ this address was the entrance. The concession building was where Barnes & Noble is located.

WALMART STRIKES AGAIN! The back of the D/I is Sam’s Club. Just west of where t he theatre stood is Walmart.

lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm

If this is the correct address I am really confused because the original V-shaped entry/ticket booth was made into a car dealership office that is still on the Parkway, today. Was the structure moved, or is the above location incorrect? The last movie I remember seeing there was one of the Star Wars. I have no idea which one, but it was more than likely the last of the first trilogy.

lalainthelibrary on February 25, 2014 at 10:28 pm

I also could have sworn this drive-in was already closed before the the mall construction started. A big problem with the two local drive-ins, toward the end, was rowdyism and crime. Infact, I remember a local newspaper article citing this as a major problem at both theaters, and a top reason for the other local drive-in’s, The Airport Drive-in, closing.

generalenigma on February 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Dear lalainthelibrary, the car dealership you mentioned was Ken Wilson Chevrolet … a parabolic arch roofed building. Yes it still stands (though out of business). The V Drive-In was to the left of Ken Wilson’s as you faced it. If you hunt a bit you should be able to come up with an aerial photograph which shows the drive-in & the white parabolic roof of Ken Wilson’s is visible to the right of the drive-in. Jim Macumber

rivest266 on February 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

This opened on August 18th, 1958. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

davidcoppock on September 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Shortest name for a drive-in or any movie theatre?

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