Schuyler Drive-In

Route 5 (Herkimer Road),
Schuyler, NY 13502

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Twin screens just east of the Utica city line.

Contributed by Steve Leyden

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joemasher
joemasher on April 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm

CinemaNational was the last operator of this drive-in. One screen showed adult features and one did not. The drive-in was boarded up in the early-to-mid-80’s and left to rot. I believe the name of the theater was spelled “SKYLER TWIN DRIVE-IN”, as that’s what the roadside pylon said. The property was visible from the NYS Thruway. Someone spray painted “PINK FLOYD” on the attraction board after the theater closed.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 4, 2009 at 7:01 am

This drive-in, since demolished and replaced with an office building, was on Drive-In Road in Schuyler. I was driving around upstate New York taking photos of old cinemas one day when I sped past a sign that said “Drive-In Rd.” I slammed on the brakes, backed up, and drove onto the street, immediately recognizing the remains of an old drive-in theatre. I pretty sure that what was left is now gone as well, but you can see my photos of the 2003 remains at http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=23812 .

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 4, 2009 at 7:08 am

Actually, I guess they haven’t built the office buildings yet. The land is “shovel-ready” but still vacant as you can see in the satellite image at http://www.herkimercountyida.com/businessparks/ .

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

Maybe Mike Rodgers will know.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 21, 2012 at 11:08 am

Approx. location for this drive-in was 161 Drive-In Road, Frankfort, NY 13340.

Frenchman
Frenchman on July 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

The sign out front was posted as “Skyler Drive-In” located in Schuyler, New York, approx. 3 miles east of Utica. I went here as a teenager in the 1970’s to see the adult features. It was a twin screen theater…screen 1 usually showed first-run feature films and screen 2 showed the adult films. This drive-in was pretty popular in its day. I did some research some years ago at the Utica library. The last listing for any movie showing was Sept. 1985. The site was abandoned and fell into disrepair. Then in the early 2000’s it was renamed the Schuyler Business Park. The old screens, already 90% gone, were torn down along with the sign. Two firms occupy th park now…Wilcor Distribution Center and a firm that manufactures wood pellets for stoves. I have nothing but the fondest memories of this place. My last date there was July 2, 1983.

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