The Middle Hope Drive-In Theater
north of Newburgh is one the most intact
abandoned drive-in theaters I have come across in the Hudson Valley, with
ticket booths, speaker poles (minus working equipment) and a well boarded-up and
well-preserved projection building with restrooms and a concession
stand. The screen needs reinstallation of a few panels however.
Opened in 1950, the theater has not operated since October 1987. In the late 1990s there was an attempt at reopening, but the project was held up by the Zoning Board without explanation to the site manager. Oftentimes communities invoke or write zoning laws to keep out "undesirable" businesses or operations, and that appears to have been the case here, even though the theater has existed here for over half a century.
UPDATE JUNE 2012:
The Middle Hope Drive-In Theater was demolished over the winter of 2011-2012. A gas station was built on the site of the parking area.
Screen and projection building.
October 17, 2003
From the hallway in the projection building.
A speaker pole.
Site of the drive-in theater, May 12, 2012.
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