St. Albans Drive-In

429 Swanton Road,
St. Albans, VT 05478

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St. Albans Drive-In

The St. Albans Drive-In opened in 1948. I was cycling through this town last week and you can’t miss the huge screen, the back of which faces the main road on the outskirts of the town center. The entrance-way is a great 1970’s turquoise as well as the concessions.

The St. Albans Drive-In was closed at the end of the 2013 season, and failed to re-open in 2014 due to either a lack of interest in, or the cost of digital projection equipment. It had been demolished by 2018.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Another Walmart? Maybe the area needs it.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

Just uploaded some pictures from the St. Albans Drive-In Theater Facebook page.

There website says they are going to be open in 2014!!

mfwills
mfwills on July 8, 2014 at 7:20 am

It opened in 1948, not 1959. And it ain’t opening any more.

They could not or would not invest in digital projection equipment.

mfwills
mfwills on July 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

And yes, despite any negative opinion one might have about Walmart, it was needed. There was absolutely nothing (NO. THING.) in the vicinity once Ames closed, unless you wanted to drive to Walmart in Williston (33 miles), Walmart in Cowansville, QC (38 miles) or Walmart or Target in Plattsburgh (54 miles).

Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Their website is still up but as mentioned it states that it was not open in 2014.

jordanlage
jordanlage on June 26, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Visited there in July of 2014. Ghosts, even during the daytime. Never saw a movie at this drive-in, but memories of the drive-in experiences of my youth brought back wistful memories. Check my post for 202 Drive-In, West Chester, PA.

BigScreen_com
BigScreen_com on July 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm

“After almost three years, the screen at the former St. Albans Drive-In will be coming down.

Handy Buick GMC has purchased 11 acres — approximately half of the lot — and will be taking down the screen soon, according to co-owner Dave Handy."

St. Albans Messenger [May 3, 2016] http://www.samessenger.com/drive-in-property-sold/

TomMc11
TomMc11 on July 24, 2017 at 10:32 am

Interesting to note, all the talk about Wal-Mart above? They DID build one…directly across the street from this Drive-In.

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on October 25, 2018 at 9:54 pm

they did build a dealership right next to the drive-in everything still remains!

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on January 31, 2019 at 11:46 pm

only the ramps remain sadly please update.

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