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Wehrle Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 6707 Transit Rd. at Wehrle, Lancaster, NY 14221
Screens: 1
Capacity: 800 cars
Original owner: Built by Sy Stephens; operated later by Ed Bebko.
Opening date: April 2, 1955, but held an "official" grand opening on May 4, 1955.
Final season: 1986
What's there now: Regal Cinemas Transit Center 18 and Imax Theatre.

 

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Topo map from 1982, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1966, courtesy of the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District. Aerial image from 1978, 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. Now open ad from the Lancaster Enterprise on April 28, 1955. "Official" grand opening ad from the Buffalo Evening News on May 4, 1955. Regal Cinemas and Imax Theatre at site of former Wehrle Drive-in, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen.

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Does anyone have any pictures of the old Drive-In ? We used to ride our bikes up there and watch the movies from the fields.
#1 - Shawn Ryan - 07/02/2008 - 20:45
this di had a fantastic marquee with an elaborate flashing arrow complete with chaserlights which originated in a circular pattern.i remember seeing west side story here.
#2 - old nick - 02/06/2010 - 10:36
Lived on Wehrle Drive, not far from Wehrle Motors and Erie Community College, in the early 60s. I remember going to that drive-in to see "Old Yeller", a movie about a dog.
#3 - Woogie - 06/06/2012 - 06:28
Ben & his army of rats,Andromeda strain,Planet of the apes,three I remember from the early 70's as a kid @ Wehrle,we lived by Transit & Maple.Going in was sunny(dusk) going out was half asleep,totally dark & the rocks crunching under the wheels.We never got to go on the slide & swings : (
#4 - Brian Dailey - 07/17/2012 - 18:02
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