Franklin Drive-In

4185 US-11,
Malone, NY 12953

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Franklin Drive-In

The Franklin Drive-In was opened on May 31, 1948 with Don DeFore in “It Happened on Fifth Avenue”. It was operated by W.A. Shaw. By 1955 it was owned by Jerry & Charles Dumont. Capacity was 355 cars. It was closed at the end of the 1982 season. It has since been demolished and by 2018 Little Guy Teardrop Camper Trailer Sales operate on the site.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I found two other possible locations:

Highway 11 and Junction Road (I couldn’t find a Junction Road)?

84 College (that looks like it could have been a site for a drive in).

What do you think?

Anyone know the real site of the drive-in?

The drive-in was opened SOMETIME BETWEEN 1948-1950 and closed 1981-1985. If anyone can come up with better date or more info, please post it.

gd14lawn on April 23, 2011 at 12:18 am

The Franklin Drive-In opened on May 31, 1948 and closed at the end of the 1982 season. It was located about 1-½ miles north of Malone at the corner of Junction Rd. Junction Rd. runs parallel to Route 11 and they curve together at this point.

jwmovies on October 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was New York 11 & Elm Street Road on the SW corner.

davidcoppock on November 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Opened with a cartoon(not named), selected shorts(not named) and “It happened on 5th Avenue”.

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