14. 56 Auto Drive-In Theatre (9783 State Highway 56, Massena, NY 13662)

56 Auto Drive InPhoto courtesy Bernadette Jenkins, 56 Auto Drive-In

On July 22, 1955 the 56 Auto Drive-In Theatre opened with a screening of Walt Disney’s “20,000 leagues Under the Sea.” An article in the Massena Observer on July 21, 1955 noted the many features of the brand new theatre such as  its cinemascope screen, large parking spaces and “greatly improved hearing apparatus.”

The drive-in has been in operation ever since its 1955 opening. Double features are presented every night at this vintage theatre throughout the season while guests enjoyed slushies, fried-dough, 1/4 pound hot dogs and 1/3 pound hamburgers. 56 Auto Drive-In in planning to reopen in the next few weeks, date TBD. According to a post on its Facebook page, “Lots of good things to look forward to! We are busy working toward our reopening, repairs to the screen, adjustments in the Snack Bar for social distancing . We will need the support and cooperation of the community to keep the drive-in open and safe for everyone to enjoy.”