Drive-Ins

Indian Ladder Drive-In Theater (1949 - 1976)
2468 New Scotland Road (Route 85), New Scotland
Opened in May of 1949 by Don Hallenbeck, the Indian Ladder was at the time a "300-car open air theatre" built on 38 acres at a cost of "about $40,000." In 1961 Mr. Hallenbeck added an 18-hole miniature golf course. The theater was closed permanently after high winds had knocked down the screen a fourth time. I found an interesting ad for drive-in church services held at the theater in the July 1, 1960 edition of the Altamont Enterprise. Mr. Hallenbeck was quoted in the Albany Times Union saying that the theater "was the victim of air conditioning, television and a failure to show X-rated films." The property is currently undeveloped.
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Mayfair Drive-In Theater (1957-1958)
1880 New Scotland Road (Route 85), Slingerlands
This 700-car, open-air theater opened August 2, 1957. Built by Robert Conahan on a 90-acre lot "about a mile west" of the Toll Gate intersection in Slingerlands and according to Boxoffice magazine "screened a triple-feature bill" at the grand opening. The Mayfair closed after only two short seasons due to Mr. Conahan’s passing two weeks after the theater opening. With property liens and other debts the family was forced to sell the theater and adjacent property. The property remained undeveloped for years. At one time it was home to a golf driving range and is now host to a professional building and continued development. The Conahan’s were also owners of the Sunset Tavern and continued to use that as an income property, leasing the bar to different operators. The remaining large section of the land eventually became Jeffer’s (now Olsen’s) Nursery.
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Carman Drive-In (1949-1984)
3799 Carman Road, Guilderland
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Turnpike Drive-In (1952-1983)
1978 Western Avenue, Guilderland
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Mohawk Drive-In (1946-1986)
1814 Central Avenue, Colonie
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