Plattsburgh Drive-In

558 New York 3,
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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The Plattsburgh Drive-In opened in 1948 and was the first drive-in in the Plattsburgh area. It was opened by Benjamin Hobbs who also operated indoor theatres in five north country towns. The lot on which it was located measured 500 by 700 feet. Outdoor church services were held here in addition to the movies. In 1956 a CinemaScope screen was installed.

The Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) was built in 1966 passing a mile east of the drive-in, which led to heavy commercial development in the area.

The Plattsburgh Drive-In closed after the 1973 season.

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 January 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

COUNTY ROAD 3 & HAMMOND LANE

Blake Road. County Road 3 showed 121 results.

Opened July 27, 1948, closed 1973, can anyone verify the exact dates?

Held 300 cars.

More info and photos are always welcome.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on January 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I’m not sure I agree with the location. All their ads say they were located 1 mile west of I-87, but Hammond Lane is less than a half mile from the highway.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on January 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm

In the 1950’s a company called Plattsburgh Salvage (later known as Globe Metal Service) advertised itself as opposite the Plattsburgh Drive-In.

An article from 1965 says “Owner John Quinn, of Quinn Motor Sales,will lease property from Franklin Akey on the north side of the highway adjacent to the Plattsburgh Drive-In Theatre”. Another article (also from 1965) states that Mr. Akey is erecting a new building near the drive-in that will be leased to a Canadian manufacturer of aluminum overhead and industrial doors.
I don’t know if this helps but I hope it does.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

That came from Montreal’s La Presse in 1973. The US drive-in increased its ads in the Montreal market when drive-ins were finally allowed in Quebec.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 10, 2012 at 7:13 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 558 New York 3.

Dubuque61racing
Dubuque61racing on July 28, 2013 at 2:51 am

This drive in was located behind Chicago Uno bar and grill, I remember going there as a kid, the screen was visible from the road in 2008 even though it was down. I worked for the man that owned the property in the early 80’s

rivest266
rivest266 on September 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Plattsburgh Drive-In Lyrics by Chantal Renaud (played often on radio in Quebec)

Donne-moi, deux Michigans Red Hot pis un gros sac de pinottes Un cornet de crème en glace eille dépêche toi la vue commence !

Lève donc ta vitre les bébittes* rentrent
Oui mais faut ben que la fumée sorte
Plattsburgh Drive-in Blues
Plattsburgh Drive-in Blues

Bebé, passe moi donc l'sac de chips, pis mets du vinaigre mon pit Mais jette donc ta grosse gomme dehors, à place d'la jeter dans l'cendrier !

Viens donc te tasser* à côté de moé
Ma tout est traduit en français
C'est un film d'action, j'l'ai déjà vu

Plattsburgh Drive-in Blues Plattsburgh Drive-in Blues (bis)

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