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Bay Drive-in
Status: Operating seasonally from May to October
Location: Rte 26 at Bailey Settlement Rd., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
Website: www.baydrivein.com
Phone: 315-482-3874
Screens: 2 (second screen added in 1999)
Capacity: 750 cars (550 cars on screen 1, 200 cars on screen 2)
Original owner: Built by Roger Livingston; bought in 1982 by Tom Wade.
Opening date: June 6, 1968
 

This page was last updated on January 5, 2010.

The Bay Drive-in Theatre is located on Route 26, in Alexandria Bay, New York. It was built as a 300 car drive-in theater in 1968, and now boasts a second screen and also an indoor seating area for 60. Present owners since 1982 are Tom, Howard, and Sarah Wade.

Screen 2 was built in 1999, and the indoor seating area which faces the original screen, was built in 1992 next to the concession area. The original drive-in has a Selby screen tower, some working speakers, broadcasts and both AM and FM radio frequencies, a completely remodeled self-serve concession area and Century projection equipment. The new screen holds another 200 cars making the total capacity of both cinemas around 750 cars.

The Bay is in operation from May until October and is a first-run drive-in theater. Great place to visit if you're vacationing in the 1000 Islands in northern New York state.

-- Courtesy of Travis Beaver

 

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Topo Map from 1991, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1994, courtesy of Terra Server USA. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Grand opening tpmorrow article from the Watertown Daily Times on June 5, 1968. Grand opening article from the Thousand Island Sun on June 6, 1968. Grand opening ad from the Thousand Island Sun on June 6, 1968. Grand opening tonight ad from the Watertown Daily Times on June 6, 1968.
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Bay Drive-in marquee from 1993, courtesy of Travis Beaver. Bay Drive-in indoor seating area. Bay Drive-in screen 1 in 1993, courtesy of Travis Beaver. Bay Drive-in screen 1.
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Bay Drive-in screen 2 from 1999, courtesy of Tracy Felder.      

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