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Allegany Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 4380 Rte 417, Allegany, NY 14706
Screens: 1
Capacity: 850 cars
Original owner: Built by Phil Scoville.
Opening date: July 8, 1949
Final season: 1995
What's there now: Site owned by Living Waters Church, undeveloped as of fall 2007, marquee is still standing in 2007, all other structures have been demolished.

This page was last updated on January 13, 2010.

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Topo Map from 1979, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1995, courtesy of Terra Server USA. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Grand opening tomorrow article from the Olean Times Herald on July 7, 1949. Grand opening tomorrow FULL PAGE ad from the Olean Times Herald on July 7, 1949. Grand opening tonight ad from the Olean Times Herald on July 8, 1949. Opening for the season ad from the Olean Times Herald on April 8, 1950.
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Allegany Drive-in screen from 1949, courtesy of the Flexlume Sign Company. Allegany Drive-in screen from 1999, courtesy of Jack Cindrich. Allegany Drive-in marquee from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Allegany Drive-in parking area from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.
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Allegany Drive-in screen foundation from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Allegany Drive-in snackbar foundation from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.    

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I stumbled upon this site and am amazed! My great uncle is Chuck Liarakos, who, as the article states, was the first manager of the drive-in. Many of my family members helped operate the theater and I grew up right next door (it was, in fact, technically my first employer as well). I came to know one of the final owners quite well and it was a sad day in my family when we heard the Allegany Drive-In was closing. Great memories of the Allegany Drive-In in the 80s and 90s!
#1 - Jeff B. - 12/01/2010 - 17:42
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