Super 50 Drive-In

1149 Saratoga Road,
Ballston Lake, NY 12019

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Super 50 Drive-In

The Super 50 Drive-In was opened May 15, 1957 with Marlon Brando in “Teahouse of the August Moon” & Rod Cameron in “The Fighting Chance”. In later years a second screen was added. It’s final season was 1988.

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rivest266 on September 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Cinerama Windjammer in Cinemiracle played for three weeks starting on July 6th, 1960. The other Cinerama drive-in was in Inglewood CA’s Century Drive-In. Also uploaded its grand opening ad and aerial photo in the photo section for this cinema.

Kris4077 on October 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Super 50 Drive in was twinned somewhere along its history. The land now houses a storage facility and I believe a hardware store, the hardware store was built as a discount beverage center which later closed down, most likely because the are the Drive-In was located is still rural. They named the road going into the storage area Super 50 Way. I have pictures somewhere of the lot and consession stand which was all that was left when I visited the sight in the late 1990’s. When I locate them I will scan them and upload them. This drive-In had a plaground one of the photo’s I took was of a swing, it looked kind of like a horse with grips on either side of the head, I remember similar ones at the Vail Mills D-I in Broadalbin.

MichaelKilgore on May 5, 2019 at 7:31 pm

The Super 50 opened on May 15, 1957, according to a May 27 note in Motion Picture Daily.

davidcoppock on September 27, 2020 at 12:01 pm

1000 cars. Closed in 1989. The site is now George Food Distributors.

MichaelKilgore on March 6, 2022 at 9:34 pm

Boxoffice, Aug. 14, 1958: “The Knickerbocker News illustrated a story on the acquisition of the Super 50 Drive-In, Ballston, by Tri-City Drive-In Theatres of Albany, with a picture of Alan V. Iselin and Claude Swanson, new manager of the 1,000-carer, shaking hands”

Kenmore on March 7, 2022 at 11:39 am

There are now three businesses on the property and no trace of the drive in remaining. Even the foundation for the original screen seems to have been removed or buried despite being on an unused part of the property.

rivest266 on May 11, 2024 at 4:18 am

Last season: 1988. January 2nd,1988 realty ad posted.

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