Nite-Way Drive-In

6500 S. Transit Road,
Pendleton, NY 14094

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Nite-Way Drive-In

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The Nite-Way Drive-In may have been the shortest lived outdoor theatre in the country. Opening on August 3, 1948, the Nite-Way Drive-In was decades ahead of its time, offering an AM radio transmission for the movie audio many years before other drive-ins would switch over from in-car speakers to radio sound.

After operating through August, September, and October of 1948, the Nite-Way Drive-In was closed for the winter months, which was normal for a northeastern seasonal drive-in. There would be no second season for the Nite-Way Drive-In, as the screen tower "distintegrated into peices" during a heavy wind storm on January 18, 1949.

To the best of anyone’s knowledge, the screen was never rebuilt and the drive-in remained closed, since no ads appeared in the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal after their initial 1948 season to indicate they were back in business. Sadly, the only picture in existence for this drive-in comes from the newspaper story of its demise. –

Contributed by Rick Cohen

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CSWalczak on January 30, 2011 at 11:37 am

On its page at, there is a copy of this theater’s opening night advertisement and a photo with a caption of some of the damage caused by the storm that wrecked the theater (probably the same one mentioned in the headnote):

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