Finger Lakes Drive-In

1064 Clark Street Road,
Aurelius, NY 13021

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Finger Lakes Drive-In

The Finger Lakes Drive-In, located in Aurelius near Auburn, NY, opened with a ‘soft’ opening on July 15, 1947 and the grand opening was July 23/24 1947. It remains open today and has a capacity for 290 cars.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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DavidZornig on February 14, 2009 at 7:34 pm

I just happened to catch that the New York Drive-In’s website submitted by Lost Memory on Sept. 12th 2008, lists the opening of the Finger Lakes Drive-In as July 15th 1947, as opposed to 1950.

Not sure if that requires further research, and/or warrants an update or not. At least it’s still listed as open, so someone might be able to verify the correct opening year.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Yes,It parked 290 cars and was owned by Finger Lakes Inc: Don Wilson.

TLSLOEWS on April 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Wow 62 years and still going.

MPol on April 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

That’s fantastic!

eCadys on June 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Save a drive in!!!

Help keep the Finger Lakes Drive-In alive:

This place is wonderful and I’d hate to see it go…..

dondzikowski on June 27, 2014 at 11:05 am

Please attend the Dusk ‘Till Dawn Big Retro Holiday Chill-fest of Horrors July 3, 2014 at the Finger Lakes Drive-in Theater. Four Big 1970’s Drive-in horror classics plus vintage shorts and trailers. All in 35 mm. Gates open 6 pm. Movies start at dusk. Admission is $10 per person. For more info see the events page

Chris1982 on September 28, 2014 at 11:21 pm

The drive-in is fully digital. The address on their website: 1064 Clark Street Road, Aurelius, NY 13021

NeonMichael on October 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm

The 1947-56 Theatre Catalogs listed the Finger Lakes as owned by Don Wilson, sometimes with Anthony DeNiro, capacity 290 or 300.

The Motion Picture Almanacs for 1952-66 also listed Don Wilson as the owner, capacity 290. In 1978-82, the owner changed to Fields. In 1984-88, the Finger Lakes was not listed.

The Aug 2, 1992 Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester said Frank Feocco bought the business in 1986. His 1996 obituary said that he owned and operated the Finger Lakes Drive-in for 12 years.

On the other hand, the Ithaca Journal of Aug 25, 1971 mentions a charity fundraiser at the “Feocco Finger Lakes Drive-In”, so maybe the family was involved earlier than 1986.

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