Border Drive-In

6 Honey Mooers Road,
Champlain, NY 12919

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Border Drive-In

The Border Drive-In got its name from its proximity to the Canadian border. Drive-in’s flourished in this area because they were banned in the province of Quebec until 1970. Capacity here was 350 cars.

The Border Drive-In opened on June 19, 1953 with Marg & Gower Champion in “Everything I Have Is Yours” & Gilbert Roland in “Apache War Smoke”. It closed after the 1979 season. It was reopened in 1981 and remained open until 1992. Today the land remains mostly undeveloped and the pattern of the drive-in is still visible on the ground.

Contributed by Gregg Davenport

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Opened June 19, 1953-~2000? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

More info and photos are always welcome.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I have noticed different numbers on cars in several Drive-ins.Most WAY off.My source was 1956 Motion Picture Almanac.

SgtPickles on February 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I grew up across the road from the drive-in and remember going there twice- the first time was late 1970s was when I was 5 or 6 to watch a cartoon feature in my parents car and the second time (mid 1980s) my brother and some friends climbed through the woods(no car obviously) and lied down front to watch some movie. I can’t imagine more than 300 cars in the space. The property is now an unofficial trailer park- luckily the trees around the property mask this from passers-by.

SgtPickles on February 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Technically, the drive-in is in the town of Champlain, 12919.

jwmovies on September 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 6 Honey Mooers Road, Champlain, NY 12919.

rivest266 on January 13, 2013 at 12:27 am

Drive-ins were banned in 1948 in Quebec until 1969. The first ones opened in 1970. I uploaded an ad from Le Canada Fran├žais from St. Jean Sur Richelieu, which explains why it is in French.

Kris4077 on October 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Wouldn’t you know it now a housing development, and they named the new road “Drive-In Way”, somtimes I think they do this to tease us Drive-In lovers. I think if it is going to be redeveloped they should do it without a trace of there ever being a Drive-In Theater there.

rivest266 on February 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm

July 9th, 1965 La Presse ad in the photo section. It is in French.

davidcoppock on October 4, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Opened on 19/6/1963 with “Everything i have is yourd” and “Apache war smoke”. 550 cars. Closed in 1992.

davidcoppock on October 4, 2020 at 5:06 pm

Correction – “Everything i have is yours”.

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