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Schuyler Drive-in

aka Skyler Drive-in

Status: Demolished
Location: Rte 5 and Drive-in Road, Schuyler, NY 13340
Screens: 2, second screen added in 1967.
Capacity: Originally built as single with a 600 car capacity, expanded in 1967 to a twin screen drive-in with a combined capacity for 1,200 cars.
Original owner: Built by Louis Goldstein, operated later by & Al Dayts and Philip Hale of Esquire Theatres, and later by Cinema National.
Opening date: May 23, 1951
Final season: 1984
What's there now: Empty lot, all buildings have been demolished, in 2007 there were signs posted for a proposed Schuyler Business Park.

This page was last updated on December 27, 2009.

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Topo Map from 1982, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1960, courtesy of the Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District. Aerial image from 2001, courtesy of MapQuest. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Grand opening tonight article from the Utica Daily Press on May 23, 1951. Grand opening tonight ad from the Utica Daily Press on May 23, 1951. Article from the Utica Daily Press on September 28, 1966. (Note: third screen was never built.)
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Proposed business park sign at site of former Schuyler Drive-in from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Schuyler Drive-in poles from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Proposed business park sign at site of former Schuyler Drive-in from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Proposed business park sign at site of former Schuyler Drive-in from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.

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This was another CinemaNational operated drive-in. It was twinned in the 70's, and at the time one screen ran adult features. When it closed, it was called the "SKYLER TWIN DRIVE-IN", a play on the name of the town. It stood abandoned for many years.
#1 - Joe Masher - 09/12/2008 - 13:36
Out the windshield, you saw Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. Out the side window you saw...well...you might've seen Snow White...but the dwarfs were, shall we say, 'gifted'. Odd combination to say the least.
#2 - Michael Fullerton - 10/05/2010 - 19:24
The 'farmers" drive in. thats what we used to call it. Early on cows would be in the back, often approaching cars. This was the one to sneak into, in the trunk or by walking in. They had a saeting area too. It went all downhill when they started showing pig movies on one screen. It was gtreat when they had feature films on both, you could go see another film if you chose.
#3 - al - 07/01/2012 - 10:49
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