Kallet Drive-In

4500 Commercial Drive,
New Hartford, NY 13413

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Previously operated by: Cinema National, Kallet Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: WGAT Drive-In, New Hartford Drive-In

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The WGAT Drive-In was opened October 4, 1949. On April 3, 1955 the WGAT Drive-In theater in New Hartford, NY is sold to the Kallet Theaters Inc. chain for $135,000. John Tector, who shared ownership with Eric Williams of Radio Station WGAT, will continue to manage the theater under its new name of Kallet Drive-In. Car capacity was given at 750. It was closed in 1986.

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joemasher on August 21, 2005 at 5:37 pm

The last chain to run this Drive-In was CinemaNational. The drive-in closed in the early 80’s, along with its neighboring hardtop, the Cinema New Hartford.

NYozoner on January 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm

This was originally called the WGAT Drive-in, named after the local AM radio station which owned it. They opened on October 4, 1949 and their final season was in 1983. It was sold to Kallet Theatres in 1955 and was renamed the New Hartford Drive-in in 1956.

Kallet owned another drive-in near Utica, in Marcy, which was called the Kallet Drive-in until they renamed it the Marcy Drive-in after they bought the WGAT Drive-in.

The site of the New Hartford Drive-in is currently a shopping plaza. The address of the former drive-in is 4500 Commercial Drive, Utica, NY 13413.

davidcoppock on September 29, 2020 at 6:59 am

Opened with “On our merry way”, “Curley”, “Wacky by baby” and “Four faces west”.

davidcoppock on September 29, 2020 at 7:05 am

Closed in 1986. The shopping plaza is called Cicero Market Shopping Centre, anchored by a Wal-Mart.

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