Dunkirk Drive-In

Tenney Street and S. Roberts Road,
Dunkirk, NY 14048

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Dunkirk Drive-In

The Drive-In Theatre of Dunkirk, NY advertised itself as ‘New’ in the Tuesday, August 19, 1942 issue of the Dunkirk Evening Observer. Its movie that night, offered for the “last time today”, was “Now Or Never” starring Richard Talmadge.

Unlike its indoor brethren, the drive-in rarely advertised in the Evening Observer. Its movie listings were included in notes a few times in September 1942.

The drive-in’s advertisements indicated that it was at the corner of Roberts Road & Tenney Street. The last mention I could find in the Evening Observer was September 15, 1942.

Then The Exhibitor magazine’s Sept. 16, 1942 issue gave the matter three words: Dunkirk Drive-In closed. The Chautauqua Drive-In & Van Buren Drive-In would arrive later in the decade in different parts of the region, but that appears to have been all for the original Dunkirk Drive-In.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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dansdriveintheater on March 25, 2019 at 4:49 am

it appears that the outline although faint still remains after being closed for 70 years.

Kenmore on March 25, 2019 at 6:18 am

After looking at a 1953 aerial, which was taken 11 years after the drive-in closed, I see no evidence at all that it existed around that intersection.

That doesn’t mean it never existed there, it just means that it could have been built over with housing or completely demolished and left as an open field.

If dansdriveintheater says that a faint outline exists, then a link to a Google map should be sufficient to see the right location.

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