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Sheridan Drive-in Theatre was located in Tonawanda, New York

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Sheridan Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 700 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Screens: 2 (second screen added in 1970)
Capacity: 700 cars
Original owner: Built by Irving Cohen, Sidney Cohen, Harry Seeberg, and Leonard Steinhorn.
Opening date: July 7, 1950
Final season: 1981
What's there now: Interstate Commerce Centre, owned by Uniland Development.

This page was last updated on January 26, 2010.

The Sheridan actually had two incarnations; the original theatre, built in 1950, was replaced in 1957 when the I-190/I-290 Interchange forced the drive-in to be reloacted more than 1,000 feet further east on Ensminger Drive. The new Sheridan Drive-in would boast an indoor seating area where you could watch the movie, a larger snackbar, and a CinemaScope screen reputed to be one of the largest in the northeast.

 

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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 1966, courtesy of the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Grand opening tomorrow ad from the Buffalo Evening News on July 6, 1950. Grand opening tonight article from the Buffalo Evening News on July 7, 1950. Sheridan Drive-in screen 1, image courtesy of Dominic Scalzo.
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Office park sign at site of former Sheridan Drive-in, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen. Office park sign at site of former Sheridan Drive-in, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen. Office building at site of former Sheridan Drive-in, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen.  

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