Turnpike Drive-In

1970 Western Avenue,
Albany, NY 12203

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Turnpike Drive-In

The Turnpike Drive-In was located in the town of Guilderland on Western Avenue (US Route 20). It opened on August 29, 1952 with Mickey Rooney in “Sound Off” & Robert Cummings in “The Barefoot Mailman”. It had a capacity of 300 cars, and a playground area in front of the screen.

When it closed in 1983 a housing development was built on the site.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm

This is really strange.I checked my 1956 Motion picture almanac a not one drive-in is listed in this Capital city.Must have been a misprint.

TLSLOEWS on May 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Or maybe a no-print!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

It was just really strange,Albany,is pretty good size city.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm



gd14lawn on September 7, 2010 at 2:59 am

Albany is not really a large city geographically so all the drive-ins are and were located outside the city limits. The closest ones still operating are the Jericho in Glenmont, Malta in Malta and the Hollywood in Averill Park. The long gone ones include the Tri-City Twin in Menands,Latham in Latham, Mohawk in Colonie, Carmen in Guilderland, Auto-Vision in East Greenbush, Super 50 in Glenville, and Indian Ladder in New Scotland, as well as the Turnpike. This list is far from complete, but includes the ones I went to as a youngster.

gd14lawn on September 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm

The Turnpike was not located at Arlene Av., which runs north from Western Avenue. The drive-in was on the south side of Western Av., and what was the entrance to the drive-in is now Highwood Circle.

jwmovies on December 25, 2012 at 2:12 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1970 Western Avenue.

MichaelKilgore on October 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Its former operator, John Gardner, was one of the owners of the Unadilla Drive-In when it opened in 1956.

davidcoppock on September 27, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Opened on 29/8/1952 with a cartoon(not named) and “Sound off” and “The barefoot mailman”.

rivest266 on November 5, 2020 at 2:43 pm

Grand opening ad posted August 29th, 1952

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