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Valley Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 379 Burt Rd., Little Falls, NY 13365
Screens: 1
Capacity: 486 cars
Original owner: Robert Baronoff
Opening date: May 13, 1949 (and yes, it was on a Friday!)
Final season: 1982
What's there now: Residential houses.

This page was last updated on December 27, 2009.

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Topo Map from 1943, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1960, courtesy of the Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District. Aerial image from 1998, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 2001, courtesy of MapQuest.
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Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Grand opening article from the Little Falls Evening Times on May 12, 1949. Grand opening article from the Little Falls Evening Times on May 12, 1949. Grand opening article from theLittle Falls Evening Times on May 13, 1949.

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I remember vividly going to see many Disney movies there with my mother and grandmother.

We'd pack a picnic basket with snacks, and fill an old-style large drink cooler (with the dispenser valve on the bottom) full of Kool-Aid and those aluminum picnic drink glasses. We were eco-friendly before it was hip. We'd stop and pick up a pizza from Cherry's Restaurant (at the end of our street) and head off in our car with me already in my jammies.

There, we'd find a good spot and mount the cast-metal speaker on the side window. It sounded like a bad AM radio inside a can, but I didn't care; it was cool. We had a big Mercury with bench seats so I could easily sit in the middle of the backseat to watch the movie from. I don't recall too much conversation because like most kids, my attention was 100% on the screen.

I was always in awe of the 'older' kids who were there with their friends/dates. The yellow bug-light glow coming from the snack bar was always beckoning me along with the smell of popcorn and greasy (heavenly) food.

Although I never played there that I could remember, I do remember seeing all the other kids playing on the swing-set in the grass at the base of the screen. Back then (early 70's), there were no SUV's or odd-shapped vehicles. Just big cars with bigger back seats filled with kids.

I think the biggest build up to the actual movie was watching those old snack bar commercials just before the main movie played. You can actually download many of those by going to www.archive.org and search for drive-in movie cossession movie clips (or something to that affect). Many times, my only other memory of those nights was being woken up as my mom started the car and I felt it rocking as we made our way out of the theater lot with me stretched out asleep in the back seat, sans seatbelt. I saw a lot of the 'starts' of movies, but not too many 'ends'.

But after all these years, the memories are always playing year round. :-)
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