“best seat in the house for the spectacular 1000 island sunsets”
The Bay Drive-In Theater was one of the last New York Drive-Ins to be built during the drive-in craze of the 1940’s – 1960’s. Constructed in 1968 on 6 acres of land and featuring a single screen with a 300 car capacity, it was originally designed to replace the 1000 Island Drive-In that was torn down and is now part of Exit 50 on Interstate 81. That single screen provided entertainment for a generation. But by the early 1980’s it was a bit long in the tooth. Movie quality was dropping, patronage was dropping, and the plant and equipment was vintage Drive In (1950’s). Competition from VCR rentals was taking its toll. So the once “new kid on the block” has become the oldest continuously operating drive-in theater in Jefferson County that will continue to provide premium first run movies, value priced concession, an impressive website and the best seat in the “house” for the spectacular 1000 Islands sunsets.
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