10/11. Ozoner 29 Twin Drive-In (Rt 29, Broadalbin, NY 12025) | El Rancho Drive-In Theatre (6070 NY-5, Palatine Bridge, NY 13428)
Image courtesy El Rancho Drive-In
On June 8, 1952 El Rancho Drive-In opened with a screening of “That’s My Boy,” starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, on a 60 by 90 foot screen, the same screen that stands there today. The tiny concession stand in the middle of the 400 car lot is also original to the theatre and still has its original flat roof and powder-blue tile floor. The first ticket booth was unfortunately lost due to weather damage but a new one has been built by current owners Darci and Bill Wemple.
Additionally, Ozoner 29 was also opened in 2004 by the Wemples in nearby Palatine Bridge, NY. The term “Ozoner” was coined in a 1950s issue of Variety Magazine to describe an outdoor type theater. The 29 in the name comes from the theatre’s location on Route 29. The Ozoner boasts two large screens showing double features and a newly renovated concession stand and restroom areas. Shows begin at dusk and gates open at 7:30. The best perk is that drivers are admitted free! Ozoner 29 hosts special events such as a Halloween Scare-A-Thon and Sock Hop/Elvis Nights in the summer.
The drive-ins will be open this weekend, showing Trolls World Tour and Jumanji The Next Level.