Border Drive-In

6 Honey Mooers Road,
Champlain, NY 12919

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The Border Drive-In got its name from its proximity to the Canadian border. Drive-in’s flourished in this area because they were banned in the province of Quebec until 1970. Capacity here was 350 cars.

The Border Drive-In opened in 1953 and closed after the 1979 season. It was reopened in 1981 and remained open until the end of the 1989 season. Today the land remains mostly undeveloped and the pattern of the drive-in is still visible on the ground.

Contributed by Gregg Davenport

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

It parked 300 cars in 1956 and was owned by Don Wilson,Gregg.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I’ve seen this listed in the town of Champlain rather than Chazy. Mapping the address on Google works in both towns.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on January 5, 2011 at 2:18 am

An article in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican dated May 7, 1981 regarding the reopening here states that it holds 550 cars. An advertisement in the same paper from June 2, 1976, when the drive-in was offered for sale, claims it holds 650 cars. I must admit I have no personal knowledge.

Maybe one figure used VW’s and the other station wagons. (LOL)

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 5, 2011 at 8:33 am

Opened June 19, 1953-~2000? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

More info and photos are always welcome.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I have noticed different numbers on cars in several Drive-ins.Most WAY off.My source was 1956 Motion Picture Almanac.

SgtPickles
SgtPickles on February 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

I grew up across the road from the drive-in and remember going there twice- the first time was late 1970s was when I was 5 or 6 to watch a cartoon feature in my parents car and the second time (mid 1980s) my brother and some friends climbed through the woods(no car obviously) and lied down front to watch some movie. I can’t imagine more than 300 cars in the space. The property is now an unofficial trailer park- luckily the trees around the property mask this from passers-by.

SgtPickles
SgtPickles on February 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

Technically, the drive-in is in the town of Champlain, 12919.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 6 Honey Mooers Road, Champlain, NY 12919.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Drive-ins were banned in 1948 in Quebec until 1969. The first ones opened in 1970. I uploaded an ad from Le Canada Fran├žais from St. Jean Sur Richelieu, which explains why it is in French.

Kris4077
Kris4077 on October 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Wouldn’t you know it now a housing development, and they named the new road “Drive-In Way”, somtimes I think they do this to tease us Drive-In lovers. I think if it is going to be redeveloped they should do it without a trace of there ever being a Drive-In Theater there.

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