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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 14, 2004 at 7:00 pm

This was located on the eastern end of Long Island and would most likely be unfamiliar to most people. It has also been incorrectly called the Riverhead Drive-In.

RobertR
RobertR on June 3, 2005 at 10:01 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 10:03 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 8:04 am

Called the UA Flanders in 1970 and listed as Riverhead
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bbacklun
bbacklun on February 4, 2007 at 9:39 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 6:08 pm

wish someone had a picture….

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 4, 2008 at 9:47 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 4:08 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm

This site has some information. Address given is 299 Flanders Road

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