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Kallet Drive-In Theatre

Photo from the 1946 Theatre Catalog collection.
Kasson Rd & W Genesee St
Camillus NY

Demolished 1961 Outdoor Theatre
Record #13802  
 Opened: April 20, 1946
 Closed: October 9, 1960
 Demolished: 1961
Capacity: 800 cars
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Kallet Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by George Read.

The Kallet Drive-In was located on State Route 5, between Fairmount and Camillus and was dominated by a waterfall on the opposite side of the screen tower. In later years, after construction of a CinemaScope screen, part of the top of the side walls were demolished to allow room for the expansion. The waterfall was built in three tiers, over which flowed 3,000 gallons of water a minute. The falling water was illuminated by 28 flood lights. The statue in the pool at the botton was 18 feet high, including the pedestal. The car capacity of the theatre was 800. The projection throw was 208 feet and the original screen was 45 by 60 feet, with the CinemaScope added later at nearly 120 feet. The picture listed on the marquee in these photos is The Major and the Minor with Ginger Rogers. A new larger marquee was constructed in the 1950s and the original one pictured went to the Marcy Drive-In near Utica, NY.

A shopping center was built on the drive-in's location, then turned into an enclosed mall and now is being vacated. Up until a few months ago, Hoyts Cinemas operated a multiplex there, before that Loews has two separate complexes, a twin and a quad. Hoyt's constructed theirs in the location of the quad.

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Photos from the 1946 Theatre Catalog collection.

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Photos from the Joe Pfeiffer collection.

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Last featured 1/28/2005. Last edited 8/8/2020.

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