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Fifth Avenue Bay Shore Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 1604 Fifth Ave., Bay Shore, NY 11706
Screens: 1
Capacity: 650 cars
Original owner: Built by Redstone Theatres, bought by Prudential Theatres in 1953.
Opening date: June 5, 1952
Final season: 1964
What's there now: Hubbard Sand & Gravel.

This page was last updated on December 30, 2009.

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Topo Map from 1979, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1953, 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 article from the Long Islander on May 22, 1952. Grand opening soon FULL PAGE ad from Newsday on June 3, 1952. Ad from the Smithtown Messenger on June 18,1952. Ad from the Babylon Leader on August 14,1952.

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I think I may have gone to this drive-in once when I was very young. I completely forgot that there was a drive-in at this location when, as a 21 year old, I took a job at a company called Market Housewares on Fifth Avenue in Bayshore. A year later, part of the property was being excavated for an addition to the building. A drive-in speaker was found buried in the ground. That's when I remembered that this used to be the Fifth Avenue Drive-In. I wish I had that speaker today.
#1 - Bill - 04/07/2011 - 07:52
Have growing up in Bayshore I remember when they held church there until the new St Annes church was built. Also the 3RD precient was on Main St.
#2 - Kevin- 10/25/11 - 10/25/2011 - 13:20
I remember this drive-in. I believe the drive-in disappeared after a new one was built on Sunrise Hwy near the Farmers Market, same owners I think.

I was perhaps 7-8 and when my dad brought me to church service at this drive-in on Sunday. Wow it was great, no dressing up, and no tie!


Ken
#3 - Ken - 12/14/2012 - 07:25
Iremember this drive in I was 5 when we moved to Bay Shore in 1959. Lots of fun with the family.
#4 - Yvonne Starkey - 12/30/2012 - 08:54
I was just talking about the drive-in last week.
I remember going to the movies on Saturday night with my family and then back again on Sunday for Mass. I certainly miss those easy days of long ago....
#5 - Barbara Brown (Wild) - 01/24/2013 - 12:52
I was just telling people about going to mass at the Bay Shore Drive In and googling it and came upon this site. Thank you Ken, you've validated my memories! I remember going to mass there when our congregation had overgrown St. Joes in Babylon. Mom put the speaker in the window and we heard mass.
#6 - Jane from Babylon - 03/19/2013 - 19:23
I went with my parent's here to church. Hook up the speaker to the window, the chapel was just under the movie screen.
#7 - Rich from Smithtown - 06/23/2013 - 21:16
I use to live 2 blocks down from the Drive in.on east third ave and New Hampshire Ave.We could see the screen from our house.When the drive in was closed we would climb up on the back of the screen just for the thrill of it.We also would climb the fire tower that was next to the drive in.We called it "Charlies fire tower.Charlie was the the man who worked in the fire tower,during the day we would go up and fly kites.
#8 - Ron Vasquez - 12/22/2013 - 05:08
this didn't close in 1964, a hurricane took down a tree that split the screen in 1971 or 1972 I believe
#9 - gavin - 02/27/2014 - 19:57
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