Black River Drive-In
28035 State Route 3,
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The Black River Drive-In opened on August 18, 1950 with Betty Hutton in “Annie Get Your Gun”. It had a capacity of 550 cars. It was built by Sylvan Leff. In the early-1970’s he leased it to Panther Theatres, which became Country Wide Theatres. In a couple of years they sold it to ATKO Canton Corp. of Syracuse, NY, which was owned by Charles Girrard & Anthony Kolinski In the mid-1980’s they leased it to Jeff Szot who operated it for one season. After closing in the fall of 1987, a fire badly damaged the concession building. The drive-in remained closed for the next 20 years.
In the mid-1990’s, John Nagelschmidt purchased the drive-in from Kolinski & Girrard. In August 2005, John Nagelschmidt and Loren Knapp formed the Black River Drive-In Inc. It re-opened August 18, 2006.
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