Century's 110-Drive-In

288 Broadhollow Road,
Melville, NY 11747

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robboehm on July 17, 2015 at 3:48 am

Bayshore-Sunrise twinned; Westbury tripled.

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Drive-In 54 on July 16, 2015 at 10:46 pm

I’m surprised that they did not twin or triple the DI in the later years.

robboehm on July 16, 2015 at 9:19 pm

ticotone- whoever wrote that article left out a zero. The capacity was 2,500 cars making it the largest on Long Island.

tlcottone on July 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Added the article on the grand opening July 25, 1956 in the pictures section

robboehm on May 12, 2015 at 4:30 am

Referring to my comment of May 5, 2009, uploaded a picture of the screen being resurfaced contained in the Newsday Long Island Places We Loved site.

dsslave on April 30, 2015 at 8:08 pm

The Marrying Kind has a drive in marquee that says Century Drive In NOT the 110 Drive In. I got excited for a moment.

rivest266 on October 7, 2013 at 1:03 am

July 24th 1956 grand opening ad uploaded here.

Bloop on January 12, 2013 at 5:50 am

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 on August 26, 2012 at 3:31 am

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 on June 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

But still no pylon

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Drive-In 54 on June 20, 2012 at 4:21 am

Check this outClick Here New York Drive-ins

robboehm on June 20, 2012 at 2:30 am

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

RobertR on June 20, 2012 at 12:51 am

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 on March 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

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

Bloop on March 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Here is a link to my tribute art sign to the Route 110 Drive In Theater!

markp on March 31, 2011 at 3:45 am

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

Bloop on March 31, 2011 at 2:31 am

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

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

not listed in 1976

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

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

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 11:07 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 on March 30, 2011 at 10:02 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 on March 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm

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

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 9:40 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 on January 2, 2011 at 2:59 am

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.