Van Buren Drive-In

5375 Van Buren Road,
Dunkirk, NY 14048

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Van Buren Drive-In

The Van Buren Point Drive-In was opened on July 15, 1949 with Lois Butler in “Mickey”. It closed as the Van Buren Drive-In in 1991. It was virtually destroyed by a storm on November 14, 2011.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 21, 2010 at 12:27 am

Jan.8 1951 “SEVEN SINNERS” and “SUTTER’S GOLD”.Ads mention “in car speakers”.In those days I thought that all there was?Seems really dumb even to put that in an ad.

psomerf on January 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Last time I drove past the Screen housing has started to look really bad. I wonder how long until the structure collapses.


psomerf on July 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Garbage in, garbage out. The street view photo is inaccurate here due to the address being incomplete. The result is the street view pictures are off by a mere 4.5 miles. As a side note, the entrance to the drive in was (is) not actually on Route 5, although it is about 50 – 100 from it. Don’t know how to “fix” the address to make it correct, or more correct, anyway.

psomerf on November 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Change in status. The drive-in is now destroyed. On the evening of 11-14-11 a severe storm that spawned two tornadoes moved through the area. While I don’t know if a tornado hit the drive-in, there was one within 3-4 miles. The screen is now a crumpled mass of metal.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 28, 2012 at 1:54 am

From Goggle Earth 1991

jwmovies on December 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 5375 Van Buren Road.

smswise on November 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Hello all. I’m working on an article for the Chautauqua Star on some old theaters around the area, this week we’re focusing on the Dunkirk Drive-In. Anyone have any leads on who the current owners might be, or info to get in touch with them?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on November 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm could go the city/county tax recorders office and find out and do title search of all the owners.

davidcoppock on October 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Opened on 15/7/1949 with 2 colour cartoons(not named), a Three Stooges comedy(Shivering sherlocks) and “Mickey”. Closed in 1991.

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