Staten Island Drive-In

2875 Richmond Avenue,
Staten Island, NY 10314

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Previously operated by: Fabian Theaters

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Staten Island Drive-In

The Drive-In theatre opened on May 29, 1948 with Yvonne De Carlo in “Slave Girl” & Merl Oberon in “Night in Paradise”. Located in New Springville, Staten Island, it was the first drive-in theatre to open in New York City. This drive-in had a capacity for 600 cars and was operated by Fabian Theatres.

The Staten Island Drive-In closed in 1965 and was demolished.

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dfc on July 24, 2006 at 11:41 am

Also known as The Fabian Drive-In Theater.

Old aerial photo— View link

The Staten Island airport was to the right of the theater in the photo.

anthonysupino on February 15, 2009 at 6:39 pm

hi, the fabian staten island drive-in did not close in 1965, reason being is that as a child i saw ROSEMARYS BABY there and i confirmed that with my sister and cousins and ROSEMARYS BABY did not come out till 1968

AdamBomb1701 on April 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Here’s an article from a recent S.I. Advance about bygone Island movie theaters. The Drive-In is mentioned; what I didn’t know is that it cost $350,000 to build. I remember my dad taking my mom, sister and me to the drive-in to see a Bing Crosby pic, “Say One For Me” back in 1959. The second feature (remember them?) was “Hercules Unchained.”

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NYozoner on January 18, 2015 at 3:21 am

The appropriate name for this location is Staten Island Drive-In. Fabian was the name of the operator.

davidcoppock on September 26, 2020 at 1:04 pm

600 cars. The site is now K-Mart.

rivest266 on November 6, 2021 at 12:59 pm

The Staten Island Drive-in theatre opened on May 29th, 1948. Its opening was delayed after the nearby airport protested its opening. Grand opening ad from the Advance posted.

davidcoppock on November 6, 2021 at 1:18 pm

Opened with “Slave girl” and “Night in paradise”.

rivest266 on November 6, 2021 at 2:24 pm

That was fast, David, The Last season was in 1965

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