Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Back to New Scotland

Next weekend I'll be headed back to New York for more research and to conduct an interview with Bob Conahan Jr. and his sister. They are the son and daughter of Robert C. Conahan who built the Mayfair Drive-In Theatre in Slingerlands.

Yeah so? Well let me tell you this is pretty exciting for our project to land this interview. To date I have been able to find almost ZERO information, photos or memorabilia for this theater. Its like it never existed. Mr. Conahan Jr. admits that he and his family didn't save any photos (or anything else) from the theater. Mr. Conahan Sr. died two weeks before the theater opened in 1957, and the family sold the business after the '58 season ended. The Mayfair never reopened after that and the land changed hand several times. Currently home to a professional building it is being further developed for apartments.

And if time allows I'll swing by the Voorheesville Public Library and the Albany Public Library to do research and look at some microfilm back issues of the Albany Times Union. Keep your fingers crossed for a great interview and a newspaper article goldmine!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Movie Clock - 02/05/84

Just for fun, here's the Movie Clock from the February 5, 1984 Albany Times Union...

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Visit to New Scotland

This past weekend I drove out to New Scotland to meet with Marion Parmenter of the New Scotland Historical Association. And it was well worth the three and a half hour drive! She shared stories, photos and a wonderful artifact from the Indian Ladder Drive-In with me. I in turn gave the museum a binder of articles and photos from my research for them to use in their archives. She also provided more contact information for New Scotland/Voorheesville residents that would be able to help me with even more info about the Legion Hall, Mayfair and Indian Ladder drive-ins.

She also invited me to write an article for their newsletter The Sentinel about the project including a plea for help from fellow New Scotlanders. So fingers crossed the goodies and interviews will come rolling in!

Okay, first up, a post card dated May 3, 1951. A direct mail advertising effort listing shows, prices and giveaways for the month of May.

And here is a photo taken from the front of Dunston's Garage looking toward the Indian Ladder. This came from a group of photos of Dunston's itself, that's why it is focused on the gas pumps.

And finally here is a great piece of the theater itself. A wooden indian torso (minus his tomahawk wielding hand) that would have been nailed to the stockade fence that faced Route 85. I do vaguely remember these fellows waving from that fence! This was donated to the museum anonymously by a someone who had swiped it as a college prank!

A long, long time ago, in a cinema far, far away…

November 8, 2010 at 3:00 am by Chuck Miller
Although Star Wars originally hit movie screens on May 25, 1977, the Capital District didn’t get to see the film until it debuted at Cine 1-2-3-4-5-6 on June 22, 1977, in what was then billed as an exclusive engagement at the theater. In addition to Star Wars, the Cine 1-2-3-4-5-6 was also showing Annie Hall, Rocky, Young Frankenstein and a Roy Scheider film called Sorcerer. I think Star Wars was on two screens at the time, which would indeed explain why the place wasn’t called Cine 1-2-3-4-5.

Another great post from Chuck Miller at TU.com. Read the rest of his blog entry here.
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