Lockport Drive-In

7656 Rochester Road,
Gasport, NY 14067

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Lockport Drive-In Screen 1968

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The Lockport Drive-In opened July 28, 1946. Over the years the drive-in changed owners several times. At one point the drive-in was showing porn movies, until the residents who lived on the hill behind the drive-in complained to the town. In the end, the drive-in was neglected and addmission was $5.00 per carload for second run movies. It was closed in 1987. All that is left standing is the snack bar.

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NittyRanks
NittyRanks on September 20, 2016 at 8:30 pm

This was a one screen drive-in. I used to see it on the way to my grandmothers in the “Little Italy” section of Lockport NY. There was room for about 250 cars there according to a website. The original owner was Anthony Ragusa. I remember it was torn down in 1988 The Google map doesn’t show it but there is a couple old buildings still on site like the projection and snack bar buildings but you wouldn’t know by looking if you didn’t know it once stood there.There is a lot of garbage on site.

Kenmore
Kenmore on September 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is 7656 Rochester Road, Gasport, NY.

As indicated, the property is covered in garbage, but you can still make out the ramps and the projection booth/concession stand is still there. http://tinyurl.com/hzr83u4

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on October 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm

The Theatre Catalog lists from 1948-50 showed Exec: Walter Dion and Son, capacity 250. The 1952 edition changed it to George F. Tater.

According to the 1952 grand opening article for the Transit Drive-In in Lockport, the same group owned the Lockport Drive-In at that point. They were Anthony Ragusa, George Tater, Louis Battaglia, and John Battaglia.

The 1952-53 Motion Picture Almanac listed it with a capacity of 200 (the only time I ever saw a number other than 250), owned by Ragusa, Tater, Battaglia, so that matches. The 1953-54 edition changed it to T. Falk.

The 1955-66 International MPAs listed the owner as Tater and Falk. The 1978-82 IMPAs had it owned by Midway. Atco Canton slipped in as the owner in the 1984 IMPA. By the end, the 1986-88 IMPA listed the owner as M. Potter.

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