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|Location: 6500 S. Transit Road, at Fisk Rd., Pendleton, NY 14094|
|Capacity: 400 cars|
|Original owner: Built by Fred Henn and Miller; property owned by Michael Koller.|
|Opening date: August 3, 1948|
|Final season: 1948; screen blown down on January 18, 1949 in wind storm.|
|What's there now: Undeveloped, empty lot.|
This page was last updated on January 25, 2010.
The Nite-Way Drive-in may have been the shortest lived outdoor theatre in the country. Opening on August 3, 1948, the Nite-Way was decades ahead of its time, offering an AM radio transmission for the movie audio many years before other drive-ins would switch over from in-car speakers to radio sound.
After operating through August, September, and October of 1948, the Nite-Way was closed for the winter months, which was normal for a northeastern seasonal drive-in. There would be no second season for the Nite-Way, as the screen tower "distintegrated into peices" during a heavy wind storm on January 18, 1949.
To the best of anyone's knowledge, the screen was never rebuilt and the drive-in remained closed, since no ads appeared in the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal after their initial 1948 season to indicate they were back in business. Sadly, the only picture in existence of this drive-in comes from the newspaper story of its demise.
|Topo map from 1980, courtesy of TerraServer USA.||Aerial image from 1958, courtesy HistoricAerials.com.||Aerial image from 1966, courtesy of the Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District.||Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.|
|Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.||Opening soon ad from the Lockport Union Sun and Journal on July 31, 1948.||Ad from the Lockport Union Sun and Journal on August 17, 1948.||Article and picture from the Lockport Union Sun and Journal on January 19, 1949.|
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