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Menands Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 431 Broadway, Menands, NY 12204
Screens: 1
Capacity: 455 cars
Original owner: Unknown
Opening date: May 19, 1949
Final season: 1965
What's there now: Unoccupied office buildings

This page was last updated on December 7, 2009.

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Topo Map from 1995, provided courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 2006, provided courtesy of Google Earth. Grand opening article from the Albany Times-Union on May 19, 1949. Grand opening ad from the Albany Times-Union on May 19, 1949.
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Drive-in currend day image taken in fall of 2007, courtesy of Frank Fisher.      

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Ahh fantastic memories. Just outside the Drive in was the "original Hot Dog Charlies". Tiny little "Hembold" hot dogs made famous by a "still in existance" called interestingly enough Famous Lunch in Troy NY.

For 20.00 you could take a family of 6 people, get dinner at 6-8pm and get into the drive in to see such films as Tammy and the Doctor with the very young, very sexy Debbie Reynolds.

These days I would not trade for all the gold in the world.


#1 - Rtist - 03/01/2010 - 14:02
That drive in didn't close in 1965. It was open through the early 80s because I remember seeing movies there while I was in high school. The photo is also incorrect. That photo is the Two Guys department Store and Albany Public Market which is across the street
#2 - Kurt Vonfricken - 04/05/2014 - 15:48
The drive in was at 590 Broadway and the site is now occupied by a Fed Ex Terminal. 431 Broadway is where the Two Guys department store. I lived across the street from Two Guys.
#3 - Kurt von fricken - 04/05/2014 - 15:57
Comments # 2 and 3, you are thinking of the Tri-City twin drive in.
The Menands Drive in was located where Two Guys used to be.
When I was young, my Mom and Dad took me to the Menands Drive in back in the mid-'50's. I also remember the Midget race track behind the drive in, as a race was going on while we watched the movie!
I, too, also attended the Tri-City Twin when it was open, and yes, it did close in the '80's.
#4 - Eugene Forget Jr - 05/05/2014 - 03:12
I have since talked to some older (and wiser) relatives who confirm what you are saying and I stand corrected.
#5 - Kurt Vonfricken - 01/10/2015 - 16:27
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