1000 Islands Drive-In

43341 New York 12,
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Unfavorite 1 person favorited this theater

Additional Info

Nearby Theaters

1000 Islands Drive-In

The 1000 Islands Drive-In was located in Alexandria Bay, located about a stone’s throw from Canada in northern New York state. Opened in 1948 with Rod Cemeron in “Panhandle”. Serving a very rural part of that state, the 1000 Islands Drive-In held a car capacity of 298, and was owned by Don Gilson in 1956. It was closed in 1961.

Contributed by MikeRogers

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Okay guys I did a theatre out of the South.LOL.

Kenmore on August 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Based on information presented in the poster, the drive-in appears to be located to the west of 43546 New York 12, Alexandria Bay, NY.

You can still see the faint outline of the drive-in and the ramps, but nothing else remains. http://tinyurl.com/p3bnk3s

MichaelKilgore on October 13, 2017 at 9:22 am

DriveInTheater.com says the 1000 Islands was removed to make room for the cloverleaf, and the Historic Aerials 1994 photo shows more distinctly that it was adjacent to the ramp at the northeast corner of that interchange, across the driveway from the current State Police building.

The 1000 Islands was replaced by the Bay Drive-In, which opened in 1968.

jwmovies on January 27, 2019 at 11:25 pm

A better address for this theater would be 43341 New York 12, Alexandria Bay NY. This points to the New York State Police Department. The drive in itself was located across from this location. Parts of the entrance and exit roads are still there. Some ramps though barely visible are also still visible. Apparently Hwy 12, when expanded took out part of the theater.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on April 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm

From the Motion Picture Herald, Oct. 6, 1951: Donald Gilson, operator of drive-ins at Canton and Massena, has acquired the Thousand Island drive-in and the Bay theatre, Alexandria Bay, from Mrs. Antoinette McNamara.

50sSNIPES on September 14, 2019 at 6:01 am

The 1000 Islands Drive-In Is First Opened In 1948. I Did Check The First Attraction “Panhandle,“ Also Released In 1948.

davidcoppock on September 26, 2020 at 8:26 am

Opened on 9/7/1948 with “Tarzan and the huntress” and “Code of tne west”. 500 cars.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.