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Super 12 Drive-in
Status: Abandoned
Location: 6083 Trenton Rd, Marcy, NY 13502
Screens: 1
Capacity: 1,000 cars
Original owner: Built by Alan Iselin, currently owned by Beaton Industries
Opening date: March 28, 1969
Final season: 1974
What's there now: Beaton Industrial Warehouse in front of drive-in property, abandoned steel drive-in screen, empty field lot, marquee on roadside converted to advertising billboard

This page was last updated on December 6, 2009.

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Topo Map from 1983, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1977, courtesy of the Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District. Aerial image from 1997, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 2005 courtesy of Google Earth.
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Grand opening article from the Utica Daily Press on March 8, 1969. Grand opening ad from the Utica Observer Dispatch on March 25, 1969. Super 12 screen from 2008, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Super 12 screen from 2008, courtesy of Rick Cohen.

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I worked at the Marcy Drive concession stand from 1967 (age 14) and then switched to the new Super-12 drive in when it opened in 1969, and worked there until I left for college at the end of the 1971 season. I became the de facto manager of the Super 12 concession stand at the age of 17!

One year (1970, IIRC), the concession stand management company (which was from down south) ordered us to stay open into the winter. That lasted until the first significant snow fall when, believe it or not, people came to see the movie. Parking on an uphill ramp in six inches of snow is not a good idea if you want to get your car out before spring.

When the movie ended, all of the drive in workers were re-tasked to pushing out stuck cars. We were young and had a good time - but the drive lost more than a few speaker posts as cars slid sideways trying to escape the lot. Management decided to close for the season the next day!
#1 - R Long - 06/20/2011 - 08:42
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