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Turnpike Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 1978 Western Ave, Rte 20, at Highwood Circle, Guilderland, NY 12084
Screens: 1
Capacity: Unknown
Original owner: Built by John Gardner, operated later by Alan Iselin.
Opening date: August 29, 1952
Final season: 1983
What's there now: Highwood Village Residential Housing Development

This page was last updated on December 7, 2009.

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Topo Map from 1980, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Under construction ad from the Schenectady Gazette July 15, 1952. Grand opening article from the Schenectady Gazette August 29, 1952.
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Grand opening ad from the Schenectady Gazette August 29, 1952. Grand opening ad from the Albany Times-Union on August 29, 1952. Entrance sign image taken in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Drivway image taken in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.

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We used to walk in through the woods to watch movies there. This would be around 1971. There was always a big crowd of kids there without cars, and as best I can remember, management never seemed to make TOO big a deal about it. Drank my very first beer there.. ;-)
#1 - RJS - 10/22/2010 - 13:49
My friends and I often walked through the woods to get there too. There was a well beaten path from behind the church to the back of the Turnpike. Drank many beers there. We would stop at Westmere Beverage to stock up and if we ran low before the second feature we would go out the back to the Star Market to restock.
#2 - Gregg - 11/12/2010 - 15:11
This was the place to be when I was a kid 1972 to 1976 were the peak yrs of my generation. We had a fort about a football length away, we use to run an electrical cord from the drive in to our fort. It was great while it lasted which wasn't long. Smoked a lot of weed there drank a lot of booze as well was lucky enough to score some pussy. Great times but like everything else we grew up, and moved on and besides the place closed in 1983. I'm sure I even know the other 2 who left a comment.
#3 - gary - 02/17/2013 - 13:15
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