Faded America: Rockland Drive-In Theater Monsey, NY

Location: Rockland Drive-In Theater Route 59, Monsey, New York
Photos Taken: February 2010
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My family used to go to this drive in when I was a kid. The last movie that I remember seeing there was The Empire Strikes Back. I find it sad to see a piece of my childhood surrendering to the weeds. Though there is barely even any of the red, yellow and blue pant left – the sign still blazes in all it’s neon glory in my memory.

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  1. #1 by wendy on February 7, 2010 - 9:39 pm

    Ahhh, that picture just makes me sad.

    They were already dying years ago when we were little — but they’re incredibly scarce now. I remember going to the drive-ins in my pajamas (Mom knew we’d be asleep well before the first movie of the doublefeature was over LOL)

    We still have a few surviving drive-ins in Pennsylvania … but I can’t imagine how many have been bulldozed in the last few decades.

    • #2 by Fuzzygalore on February 9, 2010 - 3:05 am

      I went to a drive-in near Slatington, PA. about 15 years ago. That was the last time I’d ever been to a drive in. I’ll have to ask my friend what the name of it was. I think their mom still lives near by. It could still be open.

  2. #3 by Jefftev on November 2, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    I grew up in a Drive-In family. My dad owned and operated many Drive-Ins in Maine (Pride’s Corner, Bridgton, Windham, Kennebunk) and as a young kid I also worked. It was exciting times. I witnessed the decline in the early 1980′s…we would go on salvage runs before the wrecking balls and bulldozers did their ultimate task…erase all evidence of the drive in and create new ground (Kennebunk, Bowdoin, Windham, Portland Twin, Norway, White Mountain). I remember seeing the Kennebunk Drive-In screen cut to the ground and the beautiful Marque get cut to the ground and hundreds of light bulbs and neon tubes smash and crack. It sounds weird but I can still hear it today. It was a no expense spared marque what a waste and how sad I was that day to see it scraped for tin. As a nine or ten year old I would look for the speaker poll signs, ramp lights, and anything from the snackbar that was uniquely ‘drive-in’. Drive-Ins closed for many reasons as we all know, cinema complexes, land values, VCR and so on. No one mentions what we use to see, vandalism and theft. Sure all types of businesses deal with it, but I saw two theaters close because of the destruction caused by vandalism and many that were closed for a short time due to other reasons closed for ever because of the mass destruction of projection and snackbar equipment as well as signage. Whenever you see a Drive-In take a picture…we never thought back then that pictures would be so hard to find of those that are closed now. I guess everyone just assumed they would always be there. (Pride’s Corner and Bridgton Twin still operating year after year)

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