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Sunrise All-Weather Drive-in Theatre was located in Patchogue, New York

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Sunrise All-Weather Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 600 Sunrise Hwy., Patchogue, NY 11772
Screens: 1 (also operated a single screen indoor cinema from inside the drive-in premisis)
Capacity: 1,000 cars (the indoor cinema had additional seating for 750 people)
Original owner: Built by Prudential Theatres, operated later by United Artist Theatres.
Opening date: September 2, 1965
Final season: 1985
What's there now: The drive-in was demolished in 1986, and then occupied for over 20 years by the UA Movies at Patchogue, which closed in 2007 and has been torn down for the proposed development of condos or townhouses.

This page was last updated on January 3, 2010.

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Topo Map from 1967, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1969, 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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Grand opening article from the Long Island Advance on August 26, 1965. Grand opening ad from the Long Island Advance on September 2, 1965. Grand opening tonight ad from Newsday on September 2, 1965. Fireworks ad from Newsday on September 3, 1965.
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Sunrise All-Weather screen is blown over in 1974, courtesy of John Story. Sunrise All-Weather marquee from 1986, courtesy of Thomas McCaffery. Sunrise All-Weather snackbar from 1986, courtesy of Thomas McCaffery. Sunrise All-Weather screen, damaged by Hurricane Gloria in 1985, image from 1986, courtesy of Thomas McCaffery.
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Aerial image of UA Movies at Patchogue. The original Sunrise All-Weather indoor cinema and snackbar are differentiated from the new complex by their black roofing material. Sunrise All-Weather snackbar (on right) was attached to the UA indoor cinemas, image from 2005, courtesy of Thomas McCaffery. Abandoned UA Movies at Patchogue marquee at the site of the former Sunrise All-Weather Drive-in, image from 2008, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Demolition of UA Movies at Patchogue at the site of the former Sunrise All-Weather Drive-in, image from 2008, courtesy of Rick Cohen.

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