Warning: include(/home/content/t/r/a/transitdit/html/comments/comment.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/61/14013361/html/lakeontarioregion/central/include.php on line 11

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/home/content/t/r/a/transitdit/html/comments/comment.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5/lib/php') in /home/content/61/14013361/html/lakeontarioregion/central/include.php on line 11
Central Drive-in Theatre was located in Rochester, New York

Preserving the history of New York state Drive-in Theatres

Home > New York Drive-ins by Region > Lake Ontario Region > Monroe County Drive-ins > Central Drive-in

Central Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 1700 Long Pond Rd, Rochester, NY 14606
Screens: 1
Capacity: 850 cars
Original owner: Built by E. Graden Hodges, Elmer H. Ellis, and William Tishkoff.
Opening date: August 1, 1946
Final season: 1982
What's there now: The Ingress townhouse complex, office building, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

This page was last updated on November 8, 2010.

The Central held 1400 cars and had a concave screen according to a former owner, and was located at 1700 Long Pond Road between Ridgeway Avenue and Lyell Avenue. It was designed by a well known architect and boasted one of the largest screens in the world (62'x45'), as well as a huge fountain on the marquee side of the screen, and a dance hall built into the screen tower.

The grand opening took place on August 1st, 1946, making it Rochester's second drive-in theater. It's first show was "Cover Girl" starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. Owned and operated by E. Graden, Elmer H. Ellis, and Wm. Tishkoff at an initial cost of $130,000.

The Central closed at the end of the 1982 season, and its land now contains a large complex of townhouses.

-- Courtesy of Travis Beaver

 

Click on image to view at full size.
Click on image to view at full size.
Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size.
Topo Map from 1995, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1951, courtesy of the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size.
New drive-in proposed article from the Greece Press on September 8, 1944. Grand opening article from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle on August 1, 1946. Grand opening article from the Greece Press on August 1, 1946. Grand opening ad from the Greece Press on August 1, 1946.
Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size.
Central Drive-in article from the 1946-1947 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble. Central Drive-in Reference Credits from the 1946-1947 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble. Central Drive-in entrance from the 1946-1947 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble. Central Drive-in screen tower from the 1946-1947 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble.
Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size.
Central Drive-in screen tower from the 1946-1947 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble. Central Drive-in parking lot from the 1946-1947 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble. Central Drive-in screen from late 1950s or 1960s, courtesy of Paul E. Kuntz, Jr., former Central Drive-in projectionist. Central Drive-in screen from late 1950s or 1960s, courtesy of Paul E. Kuntz, Jr., former Central Drive-in projectionist.
Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size.
Central Drive-in matchbook front cover, courtesy of Travis Beaver. Central Drive-in matchbook back cover, courtesy of Travis Beaver. Central Drive-in matchbook inside cover, courtesy of Travis Beaver. Office building at site of former Central Drive-in from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.

[ New York Drive-ins by Region ] [ Open New York Drive-ins ] [ New York Drive-in Statistics ]

[ History of the American Drive-in Theatre ] [ Google Earth Map of New York Drive-ins ] [ Drive-in Links ] [ Email ]

 

NewYorkDriveins.com is not affiliated with the above mentioned drive-in.

© 2008-2010 NewYorkDriveins.com. All rights reserved.