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Rustic Drive-in
Status: Closed
Location: 247 W. Sand Lake Rd., Rte 150, West Sand Lake, NY 12198
Screens: 1
Capacity: Unknown
Original owner: Built by unknown; operated later by Elmer Rowe.
Opening date: August 6, 1950
Final season: 1964
What's there now: Wynantskill Veterinary Clinic.

This page was last updated on January 19, 2010.

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Grand opening tomorrow ad from the Troy Record on August 5, 1950. Drive-in entrance, taken in fall 2007, courtesy of Frank Fisher. Drive-in snackbar, taken in fall 2007, courtesy of Frank Fisher.  

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The vet clinic operates out of the former concession building on the property.
#1 - Joe Masher - 09/12/2008 - 13:24
The theater actually closed in 1970. A windstorm toppled the screen and the owners decided against rebuilding. I used to love going there.
#2 - Charlie - 09/21/2013 - 06:28
I believe the Rustic's first owners were William Dorato--a friend of our family--and one of his brothers. They owned it in the early 1950s and we often used to there on weekends to see movies as we had a camp on Snyder's Lake. The sign on the highway listing the movies playing was actually a small building with room for a cot inside. Bill Dorato used to sleep there nights--I guess in case there were prowlers.
#3 - Michael Nardacci - 10/02/2014 - 19:54
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