Northside Drive-In

27730 Route 12,
Watertown, NY 13601

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Located on New York Route 12, approximately 7 miles north of Watertown and ¼ mile north of Parish Road (County Road 16). The Northside Drive-In was built by Dr. Phillip Lievig and opened on July 20, 1950 with Joan Fontaine in “You Gotta Stay Happy” & Johnny Sheffield in “Bomba, the Jungle Boy”. As a special promotion on the night management presented a fresh cut flower to all the lady guests, and a free balloon to all the children.

In 1975 the drive-in was acquired by ATKO Canton Corp. who ran it until it closed in 1988. Currently the snack bar is still standing, all other structures have been demolished and the land stands vacant. It closed after the 1988 season.

Contributed by Gregg Davenport

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

When you go to the Map the red dot is 4 miles off. If you want to see the Drive-In on the Map, remove the Route 12 from the address, type in Carr Road and you can see the Drive-In by the 12. If anyone can come up with a way to enter an address or crossroads for the lacation, GOOD LUCK, I sure tried!

OPENING NIGHT!

A FRESH CUT FLOWER FOR OUR LADY GUESTS

FREE BALLOONS FOR THE CHILDREN!

“YOU GOTTA STAY HAPPY”

JOAN FONTAINE – JIMMY STEWART – EDDIE ALBERT – ROLAND YOUNG

ALSO

“BOMBA JUNGLE BOY”

JOHNNY SHEFFIELD – PEGGY ANN GARNER

COLOR CARTOON

Built by Dr. Phillip Lievig
1975 bought by ATKO Canton Corp.

You can still see the Snack Bar in the Map Photo,

Need an address, more info and photos always welcome.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 2:27 am

Could the name have been changed to Starlite Drive-in. I have that Drive-in in my 1956 Motion Picture Almanac,but no NORTHSIDE?

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 4, 2020 at 3:03 pm

Opened with a colour cartoon(not named), “You gotta stay happy” and “Bomba jungle boy”.

Kenmore
Kenmore on October 14, 2020 at 7:46 pm

A closer address is 27734 NY-12, Watertown, New York

Today, you can still see the remains of the outline, ramps, entrance and exit roads, and the snack bar/projection booth is still somewhat intact, although in pretty bad shape.

https://tinyurl.com/y5h9pk5n

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