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Nyack Drive-in
Status: Abandoned
Location: 630 Rte 303, Blauvelt, NY 10913
Screens: 1
Capacity: 1,250 cars
Original owner: Built by Harry and Joe Appleman, operated later by United Artists Theatres.
Opening date: April 17, 1962
Final season: 1987
What's there now: Abandoned drive-in with screen tower still standing, all other structures have been demolished. Origianl par-three 9-hole golf course in front of drive-in was converted to golf driving range.

This page was last updated on November 12, 2010.

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Topo Map from 1979, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1974, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Opening soon ad from the Rockland County Journal on April 13, 1962. Grand opening picture from the Rockland County Journal on April 17, 1962. Grand opening article from the Rockland County Journal on April 17, 1962. Grand opening ad from the Rockland County Journal on April 17, 1962.
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Image from Motion Picture Herald article on May 16, 1962. Motion Picture Herald article on May 16, 1962. Motion Picture Herald article on May 16, 1962. Nyack Drive-in mail program from July 1962.
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Nyack Drive-in marquee from 1990, courtesy of drive-ins.com. Nyack Drive-in entrance and ticket booth from 1990, courtesy of drive-ins.com. Nyack Drive-in screen and snackbar from 1990, courtesy of drive-ins.com. Nyack Drive-in playground from 1990, courtesy of drive-ins.com.
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Nyack Drive-in golf sign from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Nyack Drive-in marquee from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Nyack Drive-in screen from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Aerial photo from 2010, courtesy of Chris Maget.
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Aerial photo from 2010, courtesy of Chris Maget.      

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I was there over the weekend and used to go there when I was younger. Lot of interesing conversations. One thing I notice that there is a small railroad track that goes around the screen on the ground. Was this for kids to ride on the train? Does anyone out ther have more information at this site. I really wish that I could reopen this place again.
#1 - John - 01/31/2010 - 18:46
My dad, my uncle and an associate who's family owned a demolition company out of Yonkers, N.Y. cleared the land and built this drive inn starting late in 1960. I have almost all of it on 8mm film. The excavation company was called Ramapo Excavation Inc. all the paving and stone came from the Acme Asphalt Paving Co. out of Chester, N.Y. The frame for the screen was erected by a group of American Indians, no harnesses, hooks or anything that would keep them from a fall, it was all free hand. I was told the Indians had no fear of high places and were well balanced. They were the most incredible guys to watch walking around on the top beams like they were on the ground walking on a sidewalk, I was amazed. I spent time there watching this project come together occasionally on Saturday's and when school was out for the summer until it was completed. I thought is was the greatest time spent in an early time of life for me. It would be nice to chat with anyone who is still alive and was connected with this project. A pond and a stream were re-routed in order to build the drive inn and a very large object was buried there. I do not know if this was ever discovered however, only those who were there would know where and what it is.
#2 - Frank - 07/03/2016 - 12:16
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