Century's 110-Drive-In

288 Broadhollow Road,
Melville, NY 11747

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rivest266
rivest266 on October 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm

July 24th 1956 grand opening ad uploaded here.

Bloop
Bloop on January 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

moviegoer! Thank you for that photo! It may be THE ONLY one that exists! A friend of mine on Facebook- who lives in Melville-was at that very show! Thank you again! It really means a lot to me.

moviegoer
moviegoer on August 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I posted a photo of the marquee listing Run Appaloosa, Run and Snoopy Come Home as the features. The former was a 1966 film, but Snoopy Come Home was released in August 1972. So the photo is probably from August 1972. Probably within a few years of the end of this theater, judging by the prior comments.

robboehm
robboehm on June 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

But still no pylon

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

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robboehm
robboehm on June 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

That would be good since no pix of the theatre seem to be around.

RobertR
RobertR on June 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I watched an old flick on TCM called “The Marrying Kind” starring Judy Holliday and Aldo Ray. They go the Route 110 Drive-In and there is actual footage of the huge marquee. If anyone had this film on DVD it would be great to take screen shots.

Bloop
Bloop on March 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

P.S. YES! I know it’s not a Johnny All Weather Drive in but I needed a kooky character on there.

Bloop
Bloop on March 31, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Here is a link to my tribute art sign to the Route 110 Drive In Theater!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lanceart/5577355185/

markp
markp on March 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Just sad as it always is to read about the old Drive-ins.

Bloop
Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm

They never showed triple features-who wrote the opening preface ?

Bloop
Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I’m not sure the flea markets were open AFTER the drive in closed, but I could be wrong

Bloop
Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

not listed in 1976

Bloop
Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

correction: My 1960’s Newsdays listed Route 110 under “Huntington” I should say

Bloop
Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Just check my old Newsdays and I’m puzzled: 1) Newsday listed the Route 110 drive in as “Huntington” .It’s listed in the same column with …“York”….“Whitman”…..etc. And of course we all know it’s Melville; but moreover ; in this JULY 1976 edition of Newsday; NO Route 110 listed! It’s traditional for a drive in to close at “the end of the season”, naturally. I could have sworn it was still open in ‘76! Let me get back to my paper pile ………….

robboehm
robboehm on March 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

And past it’s closing it was the site of some really big Flea Markets each Sunday. I was local and just called it the 110 Drive-In. In that immediate area were also the Massapequa, Hempstead Tpke (in Bethpage/Plainedge) and Johnny All Weather in Copiague.

Bloop
Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Locals (I live near Huntington) refer to this as the “Huntington Route 110 Drive In”.

Bloop
Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

CORRECTION: THIS theater did NOT CLOSE in the 80s! Last year of business was the end of the 1976 season or the 1977 season at the latest. I have tons of old newspapers—especially when Elvis died in ‘77-so I will check . The marque remained standing till 1979-as memory serves me . I so wish there were some photos but this well-loved drive in but it has been an elusive phantom. I remember the marque was on an angle right in front with the booths to the right-fairly close to the road. There was a mini kids chair-o-plane as well as the train ride. I believe the same type of train ride is featured in the last Abott & Costello movie “Dance with Me , Henry” (late 50s?). I think the snack bar was the size and shape of the Westbury Drive In snack bar (again, I’m going on my memory). Historical Societies ? Fooey! When most of them were established , they did not consider the 1950s and 1960s old enough—especially if they were formed in the 1950s or 1960s. LOL.

BabyBoomer
BabyBoomer on January 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Joe Vogel…I have to agree with you about the 110 opening date. I remember going there with my folks about when I was 10 years old and that would have been 1957.We went after a day at Sunken Meadow and my brother and I enjoyed the rides before the movie.We would usually be asleep by the end of the movie in the back seat.

robboehm
robboehm on November 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Now if we only had a ground view showing the pylon.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

As the projectors had probably been installed before the February 2 Ashcraft ad was published, 1956 does seem a likely year for the drive-in to have opened.

robboehm
robboehm on May 8, 2009 at 7:38 am

I’ll buy 288 but the number for the original Walt Whitman Road inaccuracy was in the thousands.

robboehm
robboehm on May 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Lost Memory. There is also a problem with the address itself, not only the road. I was in the Melville area tonight and the building next to what used to be the Drive In was 200. As one travels north the numbers get even smaller (along with my theory about the Northern State, or maybe even Old Country Road being the divider between the Broadhollow and Walt Whitman designation). The theatre should only be about 300 or so.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm

The 110-Drive-In must have opened in 1957, not 1959. An ad for Ashcraft’s Super Cinex projectors appeared in the February 2 issue of Boxoffice Magazine that year, saying that these projectors had been installed at the Century 110 Drive-In.

It was certainly open by September of 1957, as the September 7 issue of Boxoffice carried an item about a promotion at the theater which involved giving away 6,000 barbecued beef sandwiches over a four day period.

The October 19, 1957, issue of Boxoffice ran an article about drive-in concession stands which featured several paragraphs about the operation at the 110 Drive-In, with two photos of its concession area.