Staten Island Drive-In

2875 Richmond Avenue,
Staten Island, NY 10314

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Previously operated by: Fabian Theaters

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Staten Island Drive-In

The Drive-In theatre opened on May 29, 1948 with Yvonne De Carlo in “Slave Girl” & Merl Oberon in “Night in Paradise”. Located in New Springville, Staten Island, it was the first drive-in theatre to open in New York City. This drive-in had a capacity for 600 cars and was operated by Fabian Theatres.

The Staten Island Drive-In closed in 1965 and was demolished.

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dfc on July 24, 2006 at 8:41 am

Also known as The Fabian Drive-In Theater.

Old aerial photo— View link

The Staten Island airport was to the right of the theater in the photo.

anthonysupino on February 15, 2009 at 3:39 pm

hi, the fabian staten island drive-in did not close in 1965, reason being is that as a child i saw ROSEMARYS BABY there and i confirmed that with my sister and cousins and ROSEMARYS BABY did not come out till 1968

AdamBomb1701 on April 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

Here’s an article from a recent S.I. Advance about bygone Island movie theaters. The Drive-In is mentioned; what I didn’t know is that it cost $350,000 to build. I remember my dad taking my mom, sister and me to the drive-in to see a Bing Crosby pic, “Say One For Me” back in 1959. The second feature (remember them?) was “Hercules Unchained.”

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NYozoner on January 18, 2015 at 12:21 am

The appropriate name for this location is Staten Island Drive-In. Fabian was the name of the operator.

davidcoppock on September 26, 2020 at 10:04 am

600 cars. The site is now K-Mart.

rivest266 on November 6, 2021 at 9:59 am

The Staten Island Drive-in theatre opened on May 29th, 1948. Its opening was delayed after the nearby airport protested its opening. Grand opening ad from the Advance posted.

davidcoppock on November 6, 2021 at 10:18 am

Opened with “Slave girl” and “Night in paradise”.

rivest266 on November 6, 2021 at 11:24 am

That was fast, David, The Last season was in 1965

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