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El Rancho Drive-in
Status: Operating seasonally from April to October
Location: 6070 West Grand St., Rte 5, Palatine Bridge, NY 13428
Website: www.elranchoandozoner29.tripod.com
Phone: 518-883-5735
Screens: 1
Capacity: 400 cars
Original owner: Built by Clifton R. Hall; currently operated by Bill & Darci Wemple.
Opening date: June 8, 1952
 

This page was last updated on February 3, 2010.

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Topo Map from 1944, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1960, courtesy of the Montgomery 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 Canajoharie-Fort Plain Courier-Standard on June 5, 1952. Ad from the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Courier-Standard on June 5, 1956. El Rancho Drive-in marquee in 1986, courtesy of Jim Drebitko. El Rancho Drive-in ticket booth in 1999, courtesy of Linda Dondarski and Wesley Horton.
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El Rancho Drive-in ticket booth in 2004, courtesy of Bill and Darci Wemple. El Rancho Drive-in parking area, snackbar, and screen in 1999, courtesy of Linda Dondarski and Wesley Horton. El Rancho Drive-in snackbar in 1999, courtesy of Linda Dondarski and Wesley Horton.  

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My parents took me to this when I was a kid..the first movies I remember was ET I was about 13..i think,The Shining, and Rocky. Glad this is still open so my kids can experience the same thing I did..How things change soo much over the years and how we can still keep the past alive...
#1 - Lisa Clouthier - 07/01/2011 - 21:32
Bill,

It was a pleasure to meet you today. Let me know if I can help you with your digital or if you decide to sell.

Gary
#2 - Gary Engvold - 09/30/2014 - 18:53
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