V Drive-In

2531 Vestal Parkway East,
Vestal, NY 13850

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generalenigma
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

lalainthelibrary
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.

lalainthelibrary
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.

jwmovies
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.