3. Malta Drive-In Theater (2785 Rte 9, Ballston Spa, NY 12020)
Photo from Malta Drive-In Theatre, courtesy Ed Caro
The Malta Drive-In Theatre is easy to spot as you drive up Route 9 and see its iconic flashing marquee. A historical marker denotes the landmarked status of the Malta’s signage which was granted in 2007. One of the oldest drive-ins still in operation, the Malta was built in 1949.The theatre opens on the last weekend in April and screens double features through October. In 2013 the Malta converted from film to digital projection so viewers in their 550 car lot can enjoy the lastest blockbuster releases.
New to the Malta Drive-In this coming season will be the Malta Flea, a flea market organized by Jim O’Connell, a marketing professional with a background in antiques and furniture restoration and sales who has been a vendor at antique shows and flea markets throughout the Northeast. The goal of O’Connell’s flea market at the vintage Malta theatre is to “bring together buyers and sellers, along with the community” who share a “passion for tools, toys, antiques, collectibles” while also supporting local charities. Malta Drive-In will re-open on May 22nd, 2020!