Preserving the history of New York state Drive-in Theatres

Home > New York Drive-ins by Region > Western New York Region > Erie County Drive-ins > Aero Drive-in

Aero Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 3765 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Screens: 1
Capacity: 500 cars
Original owner: Built Alvin B. Wright and Ronald J. Hoelecle; operated later by Fabian Valentine and Eleanor Ryan.
Opening date: July 1, 1950
Final season: 1971
What's there now: Holiday Showcase Restaurant, Consumer Square Plaza.

This page was last updated on February 12, 2010.

Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size.
Topo map from 1995, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1951, courtesy of the Erie County Division of Information & Support Services. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size.
Grand opening tonight ad from the Buffalo Evening News on July 1, 1950. Article from the Cheektowaga Times on June 2, 1955. Article from Boxoffice Magazine on Septemberr 23, 1963. Aero Drive-in postcard from 1958, courtesy of Drive-ins.com.
Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size. Click on image to view at full size.
Former Aero Drive-in entrance is now the entrance to the Consumer Square Plaza, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen. Former Aero Drive-in snackbar was most recently occupied by Bucca de Beppo, and has since been demolished, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen. The Holiday Showcase Restaurant is located just to the north of where the Aero Drive-in once stood, and they were open simultaneously for several years, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen. The Holiday Showcase Restaurant opened in 1965 adjacent to the Aero Drive-in, and is still operating today, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen.

[ New York Drive-ins by Region ] [ Open New York Drive-ins ] [ New York Drive-in Statistics ]

[ History of the American Drive-in Theatre ] [ Google Earth Map of New York Drive-ins ] [ Drive-in Links ] [ Email ]

 

Comment Script

Post this page to: del.icio.us Yahoo! MyWeb Digg reddit Furl Blinklist Spurl

Share your memories

Mr. Leo Katz was owner of the aero drive-in
#1 - frank cravotta - 06/24/2008 - 18:51
Original owners were

Alvin B. Wright
Ronald J. Hoelcle

then came
Fabian Valentine
Eleanor Ryan
to form corporation

I remember the name Leo Katz having to do
with bookng films etc but not sure.
#2 - John Hoelcle - 01/13/2010 - 09:17
i attended the aero frequently as a kid and remember when the holliday showcase opened it was advertized on the aeros large screen during intermissions. i stillgo to the showcase on the right wall there are some early photos where some speakers can be seen
#3 - old nick - 01/23/2010 - 10:40
Manny Brown was the booker of films for Alvin Wright. Katz family were the concession family when the Holiday 1 & 2 opened. The design of the building was 2 large buildings with a low center lobby. The building was designed and built with all the supports and wiring so that when the money was there Holiday 3was to be built piggy back. It was to have escalators coming down on either side of the lobby. There was to be a cocktail lounge along the windows on the front over looking the parking lot that had a capacity of 2500 cars. As the plans were waiting their final stamp the town decided the plumbing lines might not handle the load. "UNBELIEVABLE"
With the $1 million dollars Al Wright had he ended up putting up the Holiday 3,4,5 & 6. Oh the wonderful town of Cheektowaga and its infinite knowledge.
#4 - movie watcher - 11/24/2013 - 20:15
Name
E-mail (Will not appear online)
Comment
;-) :-) :-D :-( :-o >-( B-) :oops: :-[] :-P
To prevent automated Bots form spamming, please enter the text you see in the image below in the appropriate input box. Your comment will only be submitted if the strings match. Please ensure that your browser supports and accepts cookies, or your comment cannot be verified correctly.



Powered by Comment Script

NewYorkDriveins.com is not affiliated with the above mentioned drive-in.

© 2008-2010 NewYorkDriveins.com. All rights reserved.