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Van Buren Drive-in Theatre is located in Dunkirk, New York

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VAN BUREN DRIVE-IN
Status: Abandoned
Location: 5401 W. Lake Rd., Rte 5 at Van Buren Rd., Dunkirk, NY 14048
Screens: 1
Capacity: 800 cars
Original owner: Irving Cohen; sold to Dipson Theatres in 1979; currently for sale.
Opening date: July 15, 1949
Final season: 1991
What's there now: Abandoned drive-in with screen tower, concession building, marquee, ticket office, parking ramps.

This page was last updated on January 16, 2010.

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Topo Map from 1990, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1966, courtesy of the Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District. Aerial image taken in 1994, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Grand opening tonight article from the Dunkirk Evening Observer on June 15, 1949. Grand opening picture from the Dunkirk Evening Observer on June 15, 1949. Grand opening FULL PAGE ad from the Dunkirk Evening Observer on June 15, 1949.
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Opening for the season ad from the Dunkirk Evening Observer on April 19, 1950. Opening for the season article from the Dunkirk Evening Observer on April 20, 1950. Car giveaway ad from the Fredonia Censor on August 14, 1952. Van Buren Drive-in program cover, courtesy of drive-ins.com website.
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Van Buren Drive-in entrance from 2007, courtesy of Dave Cohen. Van Buren Drive-in screen tower from 2007, courtesy of Dave Cohen. Van Buren Drive-in screen tower from 2007, courtesy of Dave Cohen. Van Buren Drive-in snackbar from 2007, courtesy of Dave Cohen.

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