5. Hollywood Drive-In Theatre (9254 NY Rte 66, Averill Park, NY 12018)
In 1952 James Fisher and his wife Beatrice, along with their son Frank, opened the Hollywood Drive-In. Located on Route 66 just eight miles outside of Troy, NY, the theater was open year round, seven nights a week in the spring and summer and on weekends in September through May. During the colder months, the theater offered heaters that plugged into the speaker pole that cars would park next to. In 1968 Frank took over the business from his father and has been running it ever since.
Over the past 66 years the Hollywood Drive-In has evolved from a 250 car lot with a 2000 foot reel projector and wired speakers to a 400 car lot with digital projection and a Dolby digital sound system. Despite the modern technology, the old-school drive-in experience retains the same allure. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or beach blankets and even their pet and relax and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to stop by the concession stand where you may find a free movie pass in your popcorn! Hollywood Drive-In will re-open on May 22nd, 2020.