Binghamton Area Drive-In Theaters Bring Back Great Memories
As you get older, do you find yourself reminiscing about the past? I do. Maybe it's just because as we age, we have so many more great memories to think about and remember.
I grew up in the age of television during the 60s and 70s, so anything on a screen is appealing to me. I grew up in the country where we got a signal from three distant televisions stations out of Syracuse when the weather was decent, off a rickety old antenna on the roof.
It's hard to believe that we were okay with watching a television program that went in and out on our old black and white TV set. But it was all we knew, so we put up with it.
So when we got the chance to go to a movie theater or drive-in, that was a real treat. To view a movie on such a huge screen with a nice sound system and in color? Yea, that created a lot of great memories for me.
I've always been a fan of drive-ins. My first experience was at a drive-in in Painted Post, New York. My parents took us there to see many of the Disney movies of the 1960s. And when I moved to the Binghamton area, you would find my friends and me many times at the V Drive-in off the Vestal Parkway in Vestal and the Airport Drive-In off Airport Road in Binghamton. Here's a picture of the Vestal Drive-In from 1956 from the Press & Sun-Bulletin/Broome County Public Library.
Sadly, both the V-Drive In and the Airport Drive-In are long gone. The things I remember most, were the promotions we used to do at the Airport Drive-In with Whale nights, featuring discounts and prizes with many of our on-air staff being a part of the fun with our listeners.
And maybe you knew this, but I didn't know that there was once a Tri-Cities Drive-In on George F Highway in Endwell. We found this picture below of the drive-in, courtesy of the Broome County Public Library.
What are some of your memories of our area drive-ins? Maybe that's where you took the love of your life while you were dating. I did.
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