Century's 110-Drive-In

288 Broadhollow Road,
Melville, NY 11747

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robboehm on July 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Bayshore-Sunrise twinned; Westbury tripled.

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Drive-In 54 on July 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm

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

robboehm on July 16, 2015 at 4:19 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 10:41 am

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

robboehm on May 11, 2015 at 11:30 pm

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 3:08 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 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm

July 24th 1956 grand opening ad uploaded here.

Bloop on January 12, 2013 at 12:50 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 25, 2012 at 10:31 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 on June 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

But still no pylon

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Drive-In 54 on June 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Check this outClick Here New York Drive-ins

robboehm on June 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

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

RobertR on June 19, 2012 at 7:51 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 on March 31, 2011 at 6:49 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 4:29 pm

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

markp on March 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

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

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 6:18 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 6:17 pm

not listed in 1976

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 6:07 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 5:02 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 4:42 pm

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

Bloop on March 30, 2011 at 4:40 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 1, 2011 at 9:59 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.