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Washington Drive-in Theatre was located in Pittsford , New York

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Washington Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 375 N. Washington St., Pittsford, NY 14625
Screens: 1
Capacity: 970 cars
Original owner: Built by Redstone Theatres/National Amusements
Opening date: June 27, 1956
Final season: 1988
What's there now: Abandoned, overgrown lot, all buildings have been demolished.

This page was last updated on December 30, 2009.

The Washington opened on June 27th, 1956 and was located in Pittsford, just next to East Rochester, on North Washington Street near Linden Avenue. According to the International Motion Picture Almanac, it held 970 cars. The theater was originally under the ownership and management of Redstone theaters (the owners of Lakeshore). Therefore, from that point on, nearly all ads for the Lakeshore and Washington were together in their own ad on the movie page. One of the grand opening ads in the paper mistakenly read "South Washington Street" which is on the other side of the city! This was the last drive-in to be built in Monroe County, and was the second to last one to close. Its final year of operation was 1988.

-- Courtesy of Travis Beaver

 

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Topo Map from 1995, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1956, 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.
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Opening soon ad from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle on June 24, 1956. Grand opening tonight ad from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle on June 27, 1956. Washington Drive-in screen from 1987, courtesy of Agor Enterprises, Inc. Washington Drive-in speaker poles from 1987, courtesy of Agor Enterprises, Inc.
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Washington Drive-in ramps from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.      

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