Malta Drive-In

2785 Route 9,
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

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Malta Drive-In

The Malta Drive-In opened in 1949 and is still open today. It advertises a capacity of 550 cars and shows first-run movies every weekend. On July 1, 1949 the Malta Drive-In premiered with the Abbott and Costello film “The Noose Hangs High”. The second feature starred Roy Rogers and Trigger. A second screen was added in 2008.

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jwiant on April 23, 2005 at 6:32 pm

I worked there the summer of 1963 for Sarto
I have a picture I took a couple of years ago…looks the same as it did 40 years ago

NeonMichael on October 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

The Malta added a second screen in 2008. It converted to digital projection during the 2012-2013 offseason. The Ballston Journal interviewed co-owner Edward Caro about the switch in March 2013.

NeonMichael on October 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

The Malta has its own historical marker out front, erected by the city of Malta in 2007. It reads: Malta Drive-In Signs / Open-air theater started in 1949 by Sarto and Leona Smaldone, drive-In purchased in 1988 by brothers Ed and Tom Caro, in operation for over 50 years.

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