Hempstead Turnpike Drive-In

Hempstead Turnpike and Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway,
Bethpage, NY 11714

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The Hempstead Turnpike Drive-In was located on Hempstead Turnpike (Route 24) in Bethpage NY. The drive-in was operating prior to 1955, and closed in the late-1950’s. It was demolished to make way for the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway.

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deleted user
[Deleted] on November 7, 2004 at 9:10 am

I show an opening date of 1946. There is no listing for this theatre after 1957.

wally 75
wally 75 on July 24, 2008 at 10:40 pm

BETHPAGE DI OPEN TUES NIGHTS THIS SUMMER…

BLOW UP SCREEN. SOUND SYSTEM..AND FM CAR RADIO SOUND..

MORE TO FOLLOW…OR CHECK WITH VILLAGE AND OR TOWN OF

BETHPAGE…

robboehm
robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 3:47 am

The actual name of the theatre was the Hempstead Turnpike Drive In. I always thought that the actual town was Plainedge but I prefer to quibble about the name which is what really counts.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

It was owned by Hempstead Theatre Op. Corp. in 1956.

robboehm
robboehm on October 29, 2011 at 12:43 pm

The address is a bit misleading. The Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway did not exist when the Drive-In was operationaly. I believe that the Drive-In was demolished as part of the Seaford-Oyster Bay construction project, if anyone has access to that data.

RSB
RSB on December 26, 2011 at 12:46 am

Yes, the address is a bit misleading, and the theater was torn down to make way for the impending highway project. This Drive-In theater was located where the entrance ramp is now to the northbound Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway/Rt.135 from eastbound Hempstead Turnpike. This theater is my earliest theater memory I have. My parents went to see a movie there, and they opted out from getting a babysitter for me (I was around 4 or 5), so they took me with them and I slept in the backseat of their big old maroon Packard. The Drive-In was across the street from Zorn’s and a little to the east.

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