Flanders Drive-In

299 Flanders Road,
Flanders, NY 11901

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The Flanders Drive-In was opened prior to 1955, when it was operated by J.M. Seider of Associated Prudential Theatres Inc. It later became a UA theater. In 1976 the screen blew over during a hurricane and the theater closed. Flanders is located on Long Island near Riverhead.

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RobertR
RobertR on June 3, 2005 at 8:01 am

In August of 1969 the Flanders was playing “The Wild Bunch” first run which went out to Warner Brothers 7 Arts Presentation Theatres.

wirelessmedia
wirelessmedia on November 2, 2005 at 8:03 pm

UA owned the property well after it was closed. There is an AM radio station located on the east side of the property. It is/was an interesting piece of property.

RobertR
RobertR on October 3, 2006 at 6:04 am

Called the UA Flanders in 1970 and listed as Riverhead
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bbacklun
bbacklun on February 4, 2007 at 7:39 am

I remember this theater in the 60’s. It was located on Rt 24, AKA Flanders about a mile outside the Riverhead Traffic Circle. The back of the screen faced the roadway. I remember in the 70’s it closed, fell into disrepair and a rental storage business sits today where the entrance was. As mentioned above, a radio station sits to the rear left of the property. I think it was am 1570. Never visited the drive-in, but passed many times on way to Riverhead.

Bloop
Bloop on July 11, 2007 at 4:08 pm

wish someone had a picture….

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 4, 2008 at 7:47 pm

You can still clearly see the remains of the Flanders Drive-in from Google Earth, on Route 24 between Riverhead and Flanders. The drive-in is on the south side of Route 24, and the closest side street is Ludlam Avenue.

sameegrl
sameegrl on July 26, 2008 at 2:08 pm

I remember going here as a kid! We saw Cinderella and had a popcorn fight with our friends in the next car. Too bad they didn’t repair the screen and re-open, would have been nice to have a drive-in closer to home than Rocky Point. I was born in Riverhead but moved to California in 1974, but spent all my summers back home, still remember the Flanders Drive-in though…sigh. Thinking about the drive-in brings up thoughts of The Big Duck, the Riverhead Raceway Indian, Wegert’s Grocery, and my grandparents place behind Long Island Kitchen’s. Good times.

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