Finger Lakes Drive-In

1056 Clark Street Road,
Auburn, NY 13021

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MPol on April 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

That’s fantastic!

TLSLOEWS on April 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Wow 62 years and still going.

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.

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.

movieguy on February 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

Is this theatre under new ownership for the upcoming 2009 season?

movieguy on September 12, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Hopefully NEW owners will do a better job with the Drive In Then the current management.When I went there the film presentation was average. . However the Snack Bar, the main source of a Drive In’s income was very unappealing to say the least.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2008 at 6:44 pm

This site has some information. Address given is 1056 Clark Street Road.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2008 at 4:37 pm

This is the LoopNet listing.

longislandmovies on June 10, 2008 at 11:02 pm


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 30, 2007 at 8:02 am

More photos of the Finger Lakes Drive-In can be seen here.

BoxOfficeBill on September 9, 2005 at 6:28 am

In Ithaca, the Lakes Drive-In occupied a site on the west side of Cayuga Lake on Route 96. It performed a notable service to the community in 1971 when local theaters refused to show Bertolucci’s “Last Tango in Paris” because the film had received an X-rating. The Lakes picked it up and showed it to a packed lot for several weeks. The art-movie crowd simply took to their cars in thousands to see it.

The open-air showing had the other advantage of making the steamy sex scenes visible to passing motorists on Route 96, and to locals who might view the screen from their front poarches. The ooglers didn’t care whether they could hear the soundtrack as long as they could watch Brando going at it with Maria Schneider. In matters of censorship, he who laughs last, laughs best.

teecee on September 9, 2005 at 5:00 am

View link

obviously the first photo above is a mis post!!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 30, 2004 at 3:48 pm

Development of the Finger Lakes Drive-In began back in 1949, and the Drive-in opened in 1950. It still has working car window speakers on the old poles, although most people listen to the movie audio now
on their car radio (540 AM).