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Front Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 1279 Upper Front St., Nimmonsburg, NY 13901
Screens: 1
Capacity: 722 cars
Original owner: Built by Herbert Nitke.
Opening date: June 22, 1949
Final season: 1963
What's there now: Undeveloped, empty property to the west of I-81. Drive-in was cut off from Upper Front Street when I-81 was constructed.

This page was last updated on January 15, 2010.

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Topo Map from 1990, provided courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1965, courtesy of the Broome 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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Article from the Binghamton Press on April 2, 1949. Opening announcement ad from the Binghamton Press on June 20, 1949. Grand opening tomorrow FULL PAGE ad from the Binghamton Press on June 21, 1949. Grand opening tonight article from the Binghamton Press on June 22, 1949.
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Grand opening tonight article close-up from the Binghamton Press on June 22, 1949. Front Drive-in kiddie train with screen in background. Front Drive-in kiddie train. Corey's Auto Dealership was located about 1,000 feet due east of the former Front Drive-in, image from fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.

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Attached are photos of the Ross Park miniture trin when it was located on Front Street in Nimmonsburg.
#1 - Jeff Olin - 08/26/2011 - 22:45
The 2nd picture you have of the train (sideview "Wabash Cannonball") was NOT the train at the Front Drive-In. It was at the Bel Air Drive-In in Detroit, Michigan according to "The American Drive-In Movie Theatre" by Don & Susan Sanders published by Motorbooks 1997 & later by Crestline Books in 2013. (see pg 88) If you look closely you will see it is not hte same train that is in the 1st picture which is obviously at the Front Drive-In.
#2 - James Macumber - 05/01/2013 - 05:32
Your overhead maps locating the Front Street theater within what is now Wolfe Park, are incorrect. If you look closely at the second b&w picture enlarged, at almost dead center is what was the entryway with triangular median that comes off Front Street This is very near what is now a Wendy's Restaurant on Front Street. No part of the old theater is withing the Wolf Park boundaries and therefore not in the location pointed out in your overheads and maps. To understand better where I'm talking about, go to latitude 42° 9'27.74"N, longitude 75°53'45.94"W where I think I've pinpointed where the entrance was. Interstate 81 goes right through, rather bypasses, where it was and why it had to be removed back in the early 60s.
#3 - Erich Hess - 09/28/2015 - 16:26
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