Wehrle Drive-In

6707 Transit Road,
Williamsville, NY 14221

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Wehrle Drive-In

The Wehrle Drive-In was located at 6707 Transit Road, Wehrle in Williamsville, NY, a suburb of Buffalo. (it was originally listed as being located in Lancaster, NY). It was built for Sarke Stephen of Stephen Amusement Co. Buffalo by contractor A.W. Stancl and later operated by Ed Bebko. It had a ‘soft’ opening' on April 2, 1955, with an ‘official’ grand opening on May 4, 1955 with Rex Harrison in “King Richard and the Crusaders” & Walter Brooke in “Conquest of Space”. There was one screen with a capacity for 800-cars. The final season was in 1986.

Currently Regal Cinemas Transit Center 18 & IMAX operates from this location.

Contributed by Robert Lackemeyer

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

railroad
railroad on April 5, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Yes, your’re correct. Sorry for the typo.

PGlenat
PGlenat on April 7, 2008 at 8:01 am

Even when you sound it out and then spell it correctly, Wehrle somehow still looks wrong.

railroad
railroad on April 8, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Phone number 1960: SPring 6475

opheliafl
opheliafl on April 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Wow, remember going as a kid, in my pajamas lol. And, playing on the swings in my pajamas before the movie starting. Started getting run down way before we moved away and they started running “questionable” movies, lol.

wnynative
wnynative on July 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Ben & his army of rats,Andromeda strain,Planet of the apes,three I remember from the early 70’s as a kid @ Wehrle,we lived by Transit & Maple.Going in was sunny(dusk) going out was half asleep,totally dark & the rocks crunching under the wheels.We never got to go on the slide & swings : ( but we wore pajamas : )

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 1, 2020 at 10:38 am

Soft opening on 2/4/1955. Offical grand opening on 4/5/1955 with “King Richard & the Crusaders” and “Conquest of space”. Closed in 1986. Demolished(date unknown?). The site is now Regal Cinemas Transit Center 18 and IMAX.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 1, 2020 at 10:41 am

Why the name Wehrle?

Kenmore
Kenmore on October 1, 2020 at 10:53 am

Wehrie Drive is the name of the street that runs along the north side of the drive-in. Perhaps that is where it got its name.

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