Hyde Park Drive-In

4114 Albany Post Road,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

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NeonMichael
NeonMichael on December 24, 2017 at 9:12 am

The Observer of Red Hook printed a nice history of the Hyde Park in Sept. 2014. It included a copy of the July 28, 1950 Grand Opening ad for the Hyde Park Auto Vision Theatre. The article said it was opened by Sidney Cohen and has been in the family ever since.

The Poughkeepsie Journal’s history (printed Aug. 3, 2011) added that Cohen’s brother-in-law Phil Eisenberg also helped establish the drive-in. “In 1977, we won county rights to show ‘Star Wars’ and it became one our biggest successes,” Fred Cohen recalled. “We ran it for 32 weeks and it grossed as much the first week it showed than we made our entire first year in business.”

The 1952-56 Theatre Catalogs listed it as the Auto-Vision, owners P. Eisenberg and S. F. Cohen.

Its listing in the 1951-52 International Motion Picture Almanac called it the “Hyde Park Auto Vision”, capacity 480, owners P. Eisenberg and S. F. Cohen. It stayed that way through the 1966 edition. The IMPA changed the listing to just “Hyde Park” by the 1969 edition. The 1978-88 IMPAs listed only S. F. Cohen as the owner.

TomMc11
TomMc11 on June 8, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Apparently Scenic Hudson did not want a Wal-Mart or something along those lines going in across the street from the FDR homestead, so they bought the land under the DI and leased it back to the owners.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/14driveinct.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=drive%20in&st=cse&oref=slogin

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on September 30, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Yeah thanks Chris1982. Now someone needs to reopen the Fair Oaks it already has the digital projection.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm

The Hyde Park Drive-In and the Overlook Drive-In have both converted to Barco digital projection.

Fiftiesflashback
Fiftiesflashback on November 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Still in operation as of May, 2012.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Playing in 1969 “THE LOVE BUG” and “BLUE SURF-ARI” both G rated.

movieguy
movieguy on September 15, 2008 at 1:21 pm

This Thursday the 17th will BE the LAST day for the 2008 Season. The Drive In Will re-open inn April 2009.

The Overlook Drive In Will be open until mid Oct

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Mentioned in the NYTimes CT Section about the last drive-ins in Connecticut.

NewYorkDave
NewYorkDave on March 19, 2008 at 12:32 pm

I’ve been going to the HP Drive-In for years and years. I’m so glad it’s still around… We almost lost it a few years ago.

movieguy
movieguy on December 18, 2007 at 10:00 am

The Hyde Park Drive In WILL OPEN FOR THE 2008 SEASON in Mid April

stevennewyork
stevennewyork on December 18, 2007 at 9:52 am

It was still open for the 2007 season, and there is a farmers market there on Saturday mornings in the fall and summer. There is talk of Senic Hudson, which owns the property, building a welcome center or some other type of tourist oriented facility linking the FDR home and library across the road with some hiking trails to Eleanor Roosevelts house (Val Kill) nearby. Its future as a drive in is unknown.