Amenia Drive-In

5263 U.S. 44,
Amenia, NY 12501

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Amenia Drive-In

Billed as “The World’s Smallest Drive-In Theatre”, it had spaces for 46 cars and opened on September 10, 1965 with Tommy Kirk in “The Monkey’s Uncle” & Rex Allen narrating “A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood”. It was closed in 1983.

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Here is the address: 5263 U.S. 44, Amenia, NY 12501

Kris4077 on October 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Now this is just what we need here in eastern NC, maybe someday I will have a piece of land big enough to build on around this size. For now I will just concentrate on my Ideas for portable D-I’s.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

A new Amenia Drive-In opened in 2013. I am adding a new listing for it.

MichaelKilgore on September 27, 2017 at 12:43 pm

According to the International Motion Picture Almanacs on my shelf, the Amenia was almost the smallest US drive-in. The 1969 IMPA’s smallest listed capacity was the Bamberg (SC) Drive-In at 50 vehicles. It listed the Amenia at 54; the very specific number suggests a level of accuracy.

Then again, a 2014 article in the Poughkeepsie Journal reminisced that it had room for just 44 cars. It also said there was a permanent old car on the grounds to accommodate walk-ins, and that it closed in 1983.

Of course, the world’s smallest is the Jericho Drive-In in the outback of Australia with space for just 34-36 cars.

davidcoppock on November 14, 2018 at 8:47 pm

Opened on 10/9/1965. Closed in 1983.

davidcoppock on November 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm

Opened with “Monkey’s uncle” and “Coyote goes Hollywood”.

davidcoppock on November 14, 2018 at 8:52 pm

Opened as Amenia Auto Movie.

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