Clappison Drive-In

Parkside Drive,
Waterdown, ON

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The Clappison Drive-In was located near Highway 6, just 1 mile north of Highway 5 on Parkside Drive. It opened in 1959 and closed in 1985.

Windsor Drive-In Ltd. owned this drive-in, which had space for 930 cars.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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dgordon
dgordon on July 10, 2002 at 10:46 am

I remember going to this drive-in in 1985. It was being leased by Cineplex-Odeon at the time. The snack bar was very plain, and the picture was not as clear at the other drive-in in Hamilton called the Starlight located in Stoney Creek. One thing I remember is the lot. It was gravel, but it was covered in weeds that were 2 feet high! Cineplex-Odeon didn’t renew the lease for the ‘86 season because they were not into operating drive-in theatres. Judging from how the Clappison was being operated, this was obvious.

monzee65
monzee65 on May 18, 2006 at 11:27 pm

I remember wanting to go here when I was a kid but never did.We used to drive by it on Highway 6 going back towards the 401 on a Sunday nite after leaving my grandmothers place in Hamilton.I was fun trying to figure out what movie was playing.These memories go back to the early and mid 70’s for me.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

In 1964 Golden Hot-Shot car heaters were installed.

danalee
danalee on August 24, 2012 at 12:04 am

I lived in Waterdown from 1965 to 1974. I remember heading over to the Clappison drive-in during these years, hopping the fence to take in the show. I decided to take a trip back to it in 1990, after it was abandoned, with video camera in tow. I’ve just posted a YouTube video that’s an edit of the raw footage I shot. I hope historians and other interested parties will enjoy the video. You can find it here: http://youtu.be/rLN3w5EMoqU . Cheers and take care.

gevans
gevans on December 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

A newspaper in 1959 indicated that the theatre had opened just that year, but since I have seen the grand opening ad for the Clappison back in 1951, I think that the actual opening is a tad out.

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