Sara-Placid Drive-In

Sara-Placid Road,
North Elba, NY 12983

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Sara-Placid Drive-In

The Sara-Placid Drive-In was located on NY State Route 86, halfway between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid in the town of North Elba. One of the owners was Ernie Stautner who played football for many years as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The drive-in opened in 1950 and closed in 1974.

In addition to movies it was also used for church services during the 1950’s. The owners also operated an adjacent miniature golf course.

When the drive-in closed the land was sold to the State of New York and is now a part of the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area.

Contributed by Gregg Davenport

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 17, 2010 at 4:25 am

An address or crossroad would be helpful. Any photos or more info?

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on June 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I tried to find a more precise location for this drive-in. I don’t believe there were street addresses for the areas between villages on the state highways. I searched Google earth and found an area on the Sara-Placid Rd. between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake where the forest is not fully grown in, and I believe this is the former drive-in site. There are no crossroads as this is in a wilderness area.

Kenmore
Kenmore on February 1, 2019 at 10:37 pm

A closer address is Sara-Placid Rd & Old Military Rd, North Elba, NY.

The drive-in sits about ¾ a mile west of the crossroads on the north side of Sara-Placid Rd. You can just barely see the outline as the area is almost fully overgrown.

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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on February 2, 2019 at 4:12 am

Is the miniture golf still there?

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