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Lakes Car Theatre

aka Lakes Drive-in

Status: Abandoned
Location: 1645 Trumansberg Rd., Rte 96, Ulysses, NY 14850
Screens: 1
Capacity: 500 cars
Original owner: Built by John F. Ryan, James A. Ryan, and William P. Ryan, aka the Ryan brothers.
Opening date: July 2, 1957
Final season: 1986
What's there now: Undeveloped, overgrown lot. Ticket office and snackbar were still intact as of fall 2007.

This page was last updated on December 10, 2009.

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Topo Map from 1990, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1964, courtesy of the Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District. Aerial image from 1995, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 2005, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Grand opening article from the Ithaca Journal on July 2, 1957. Lakes Drive-in entrance and ticket office from fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Lakes Drive-in snackbar from fall 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. A field of weeds and trees occupying the parking ramps, courtesy of Rick Cohen.

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