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Mountain Drive-in (Liberty)
Status: Abandoned
Location: Rte 52, Liberty, NY 12754
Screens: 3
Capacity: 520 cars
Original owner: Dr. Luther Grant
Opening date: June 18, 1949
Final season: 1997
What's there now: Abandoned, all structures still standing and intact as of 2009, including marquee, ticket booth, snackbar, and three screen towers.

This page was last updated on December 3, 2009.

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Topo Map from 1982, provided courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1997, courtesy of Terra Server USA. Aerial image in 2005, courtesy of MapQuest. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Grand opening article from the Liberty Register, on June 9, 1949. Grand opening ad from the Liberty Register, on June 14, 1949. Entrance in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Marquee in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.
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Ticket booth in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Snackbar in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Snackbar in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Field in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.
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West screen in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. North and south screens in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. North screen in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. South screen in fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.

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The drive-in was triplexed a few years before it closed, by adding two screens at the back of the lot and an addition to the projection building. I toured the facility with the owners a few years back, and the main screen is not in good shape. The snack bar and projection buildings also have suffered major water damage and a storage room roof had collapsed.
#1 - Joe Masher - 09/12/2008 - 13:30
I would like to interview the past owner. This information states that this property is abandoned, but Mr. Masher posted above that he had taken a tour of the grounds with the owners of the property. If anyone has any information about the owners of this land, please post.
#2 - Ryan - 04/09/2011 - 19:57
I did talk to the owner now he wants to sell it but he wanted more thatn I wanted to pay so no deal .
#3 - Gerald Devine - 03/18/2012 - 13:37
I used to live in the house just outside that old drive-in. The giant screen at the top of the hill in the back of the drive-in came down during a really bad wind storm a couple years ago. The wind was so bad we never heard it come down. I went up there and took pictures of it the next day after we discover it had collapsed. It literally looks like the it exploded. Beware of the guy who owns the property. He is an evil, nasty old bastard and will threaten to kill you if he catches you on the property.
#4 - Rick - 06/03/2012 - 16:10
Can you tell me the owner and how to contact him/her? I am trying to open a movie theatre or drive in theatre and would love to buy this one! Please tell me how much they would want too! Any info would be helpful! Thanks!
#5 - Edward Gerwer - 06/22/2012 - 03:15
If i had the money i would buy and reopen. I grew up at the.drive in during the summer.
I watched E.T. riding on the swing set down front buy the screen. Grease and Friday the 13th. Thats just to name a few. It was the best time of my childhood. so sad to see it empty. Never know one day maybe. but for now I have my many memories.
#6 - page - 03/31/2013 - 18:14
I drove by this weekend, there is nothing much there worth buying. You'd be better off starting from scratch.
#7 - dmann - 05/20/2013 - 16:11
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