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Ideal Drive-in
Status: Abandoned
Location: Gouverneur St., Rte 11, Canton, NY 13617
Screens: 1
Capacity: 500 cars
Original owner: Built by Aleck Papayanakos.
Opening date: October 12, 1950
Final season: 1986
What's there now: Empty lot, screen tower still standing, all other buildings have been demolished.

This page was last updated on January 9, 2010.

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Topo Map from 1988, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1962, courtesy of the St. Lawrence 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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Coming soon article from the Canton Commercial Advertisor on April 4, 1950. Under construction article from the Canton Commercial Advertisor on July 4, 1950. Under construction picture from the St. Lawrence Plaindealer on July 6, 1950. Under construction article from the St. Lawrence Plaindealer on August 3, 1950.
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Grand opening ad from the Canton Commercial Advertisor on October 10, 1950. Grand opening FULL PAGE ad from the St. Lawrence Plaindealer on October 12, 1950. Grand opening tonight article from the St. Lawrence Plaindealer on October 12, 1950. Closing for the 1950 season ad from the St. Lawrence Plaindealer on October 24, 1950.

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;-)The Ideal was great fun for the familly.
When we drove by as youngsters we would strain our necks to see some of the show
FREE. Don Gilson would come in our store
weekly with the comming attrraction poster
along with a free ticket. I still have one.
Don also owned the Sunset at one time. There
he gave free pony rides to kids pre=show.
It was good fun and well attended. Don was
a great American and a good businessman.
#1 - Dave Patterson - 03/04/2013 - 04:46
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