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Grandview Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 9049 Erie Rd. (Rte 5) at Lake Street, Angola, NY 14006
Screens: 1
Capacity: 800 cars
Original owner: Built by Bob Reitler; operated later by Dick Geitner & Sidney Cohen; operated later by Larry Geitner.
Opening date: April 21, 1950; held "official" grand opening on May 27, 1950.
Final season: 2005
What's there now: Former proposed site for a Walmart Supercenter, now vacant proprty since Walmart pulled out of the proposed project after drive-in had already been demolished in spring 2008.

This page was last updated on March 21, 2010.

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Topo map from 1990, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1951, courtesy of the Erie County Division of Information & Support Services. Aerial image from 2005, courtesy of Bing.com. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Opening tomorrow ad from the Fredonia Censor on April 20, 1950. Opening tomorrow ad from the Dunkirk Observer on April 20, 1950. "Official" grand opening tomorrow ad from the Dunkirk Observer on May 26, 1950.
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"Official" grand opening tonight ad from the Buffalo Courier Express on May 27, 1950. Regualr ad from the Dunkirk Observer on July 1, 1950. Grandview Drive-in screen from 1949, courtesy of Terri Williams. Grandview Drive-in parking area from 1949, courtesy of Terri Williams.
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Grandview Drive-in snackbar from 1949, courtesy of Terri Williams. Grandview Drive-in screen from 1965, courtesy of Dominic Scalzo. Grandview Drive-in marquee from 2002, courtesy of Drive-ins.com. Grandview Drive-in ticket booth from 2006, courtesy of Chris Brame.
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Grandview Drive-in projection room from 2006, courtesy of Chris Brame. Grandview Drive-in snackbar from 2002, courtesy of Drive-ins.com. Grandview Drive-in snackbar from 2006, courtesy of Chris Brame. Grandview Drive-in screen from 1986, courtesy of AmericanClassicImages.com.
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Grandview Drive-in from 2003, courtesy of Tina Battaglia. Grandview Drive-in screen from 2005, courtesy ofDebra Jane Seltzer Debra Jane Seltzer. Grandview Drive-in screen from 2006, courtesy of Chris Brame. Grandview Drive-in damged screen face from 2006, courtesy of Chris Brame.
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Grandview Drive-in screen being demolished in March 2009.      

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The contractor in the final picture should be ASHAMED of themselves... such a travesty
#1 - Upset movie goer - 01/21/2010 - 22:44
The Grandview Drive-In Theater was the neatest drive-in I had ever seen. Although I never saw a movie there we use to drive by it a lot in 2008 and the winter of 2009, I was devastated when I read in the Buffalo News that it was being torn down. I begged my parents to take me there and see it one last time. I cried. The middle part of the screen was still there but both wings were laying on the ground. I could not believed what I saw. It is so sad to see it now as an empty lot. I wish it could be rebuilt.
#2 - Eric - 01/10/2011 - 17:52
Someone needs to find a closed walmart tear it down and build a Drive-In theater.
#3 - Kris - 03/05/2011 - 14:17
What a waste of awesome history.
#4 - Loran Hedgecoke - 07/01/2012 - 17:54
Grandview is planning re-opening up this summer 2014. http://www.grandviewdrivein.com/
#5 - Trisha Ziegler - 06/21/2014 - 06:42
I took my now ex-wife who was and still is the love of my life to see "The Sandlot" there in 1993. It was the first time she had ever been to a drive in. After that we went back to see many movies there. It was always a great time. What I loved the most (besides the company) was you could really tailgate there. You could set up chairs and blankets, not be forced to stay in the cars like at the Buffalo Drive in.
#6 - Patrick Roward - 09/06/2015 - 20:06
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