Empire Drive-In

2190 Empire Boulevard,
Webster, NY 14580

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Theatres

Firms: Smith & Walker

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Empire Drive-In

The Empire Drive-In opened on June 3, 1949 with Lois Butler in “Mickey”. It was designed by architectural firm Smith & Walker of Rochester, NY. It closed in 1982. The now AMC Loews Webster 12 opened at the same location in 1984.

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dave-bronx™ on October 12, 2004 at 8:00 am

The Empire was run by General Cinema through at least the early 70s that I’m aware of – it was part of the Buffalo Division.

Ziggy on October 12, 2004 at 10:27 am

My family is from Webster and we used to go to this theatre once in a while. It was built sideways to Empire Boulevard and it was possible to catch a view of the screen as you drove by. Needless to say, every time we drove by all us kids in the back seat would crane our necks to see what was playing. The ticket booths and the screen were done in a sort of 40’s modern-spanish style. Lots of streamlining with little decorative tile roofs. The color scheme was a sort of darkish green with a burnt orange trim. Of course the name was spelled out in big neon letters. There was a playground for kids to use before the movie started. It was right in front of the screen.

At the end of every season the marquee would read “Closed for the season. Reason? Freezin! See you in March.”

The Empire has been torn down and replaced by a bland Loew’s 12-plex.

NYozoner on January 4, 2008 at 7:28 pm

The Empire Drive-in opened on June 3, 1949. Thier final season was in 1982.

robboehm on October 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

The current AMC/ Loews’s opened in 1984. I question the address of the Drive-In since the new theatre is at 2190. Looks like a transposition despite the comment by Lost Memory.

davidcoppock on October 3, 2020 at 5:45 am

Opened with “Mickey”.

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