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1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 197 (163)

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition
1952 Theatre Catalog
1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 197
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Auto Vision Drive-In Theater, East Greenbush, NY


1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 197

DRIVE-IN THEATRES ,AND THEIR CAR CAPACITIES BY STATES

NOTE: Only operating theatres, or those due to operate during the 1952 Season. are

included in these totals.



No. of Total S tales : Theatres Cars Alabama . . . . . .. 79(2*) 29,728

Arizona . . . . . . . . 23 10,369

Arkansas . . . . . . 46(1 *) 17,511

California . . . . .. 153(1*) 93,296

Colorado . . . . . . . 38(1 *) 19,334 Connecticut . . . . . 22(3*) 14,327 Delaware . . . . . . 5 2,726

Florida . . . . . . . . 114 44,162

Georgia . . . . . . .. 100 35,462

Idaho . . . . . . . . . . 26 9,510

Illinois . . . . . . . . 99(1 *) 58,803 Indiana . . 111(3*) 52,681 Iowa . . . . . . . . . . . 41 16,637

Kansas . . . . . . . . 58(1*) 25,057

Kentucky . . . . . . 65 (1 *) 25,939

Louisiana . . . . . . 57(1 *) 24,788

Maine . . . . . . . .. 24(1*) 11,520

Maryland . . . . . . 19(1*) 7,283 Massachusetts . 59 (3*) 35,189 Michigan . . . . . . . 77 44,016 Minnesota . . . . . . 32(2*) 13,912 Mississippi . . . . . 45 17,078 Missouri . . . . . . . 74(6*) 31,491 Montana . . . . . . . 25(2*) 8,907 Nebraska . . . . . . 24(1*) 9,636 Nevada . . . . . . . . 3 1,496 New Hampshire. 19(1*) 7,969 New Jersey . . . . 25 16,732 New Mexico .. . . 41(2*) 15,979 New York ..... ]12(1*) 56,248 North Carolina. . 213(1*) 55,624 North Dakota .. 7 3,034 Ohio . . . . . . . . . .. 166 73,666 Oklahoma . . . . . . 94(12*) 39,926 Oregon . . . . . . . . 35 16,345 Pennsylvania . . . 159(1*) 80,678 Rhode Island . . . 5 3,400 South Carolina . 96(1*) 23,085 South Dakota .. 13 5,184 Tennessee . . . . . . 94(1 *) 33,367

Texas . . . . . . . . . . 351(2*) 143,942

Utah . . . . . . . . . . . 29(1*) 13,604

Vermont . . . . . . . 18 6,862

Virginia . . . . . . . 109(2*) 32,874 Washington . . . . 30 14,477 West Virginia .. 74(2*) 23,511 Wisconsin . . . . . . 35 19,725 Wyoming . . . . . . 21 6,866 Hawaii . . . . . . . . 1 750

Total . . . . ..3,166(58) 1,354,706

(*) Whenever car capacities could not be ascertained, the theatres themselves were [included in the totals, and the member unverified was signalled in the accompanying parenthesis. For each such theatre, the average ear capacity of the known theatres in the particular territory was then, added lo the gross car capacities of the territory, in, order to project the most probable totals. Theatres so treated represent less than 2%

of the grand lotal.



1952 THEATRE CATALOG

York, among the states with the most drive-ins, had 100 or more. In Texas, there was a sizeable increase from a total of 274 to 351. But in the other five states there was a total gain of only 43 theatres, indicating a decided leveling off. The states with the most driveins are as follows:

States . Theatres 1. Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 351

2. North Carolina . . . . . . . . . 213

3. Ohio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

4. Pennsylvania . . . . . . . . . .. 159

5. California . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 153

6. Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

7. New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

8. Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 111

9. Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 109

10. Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

States with the fewest drive-in theatres are as follows: '

States Theatres 1. Nevada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 3

2. Delaware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 5

3. Rhode Island . . . . . . . . . . .. 5

4. North Dakota . . . . . . . . . . .. 7

5. South Dakota . . . . . . . . . . .. 13

6. Vermont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

7. Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 19

8. New Hampshire . . . . . . . .. 19

9. Wyoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 21

10. Connecticut . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 22

The total number of outdoor theatres in the above 10 states is 132, representing a combined gain of 20 theatres in one year. There was no increase in Nevada, North Dakota, or Wyoming.

Conclusion

It is impossible to determine how many drive-ins would have been built during the year and how much the average capacity of those that were built would have been increased if there were no government limitations on theatre construction. Therefore, no Valid conclusions can be drawn from this years survey as to whether the drive-in boom has spent itself or whether there is still room for expansion before the saturation point is reached. As indicated by stateby-state breakdown of the national traffic potential, showing the relationship of passenger cars to available car capacities of outdoor theatres, it appears, however, that there is still much area for growth and development.

On the following pages are the detailed listings of individual theatres from which the above statistics were drawn. While the Editors have every reason to believe that the survey is as complete and accurate as is humanly possible to produce, it is possible that minute degrees of omission and error are present in it. For this reason, plus the fact that the listing is subject to changes by virtue of new ownership, enlarged or reduced capacities, closings, and the addition of new theatres, its use as a mailing list without first consulting the publishers for changes and additions is not recommended. Moreover, permission to use the survey for a mailing list must first be obtained from the publishers.



A LISTING BY DISTRIBUTION TERRITORIES

NOTE: This 1952 list took several months to prepare, andwhas resulted from the cross-checking of numerous film distributor and supply dealer lists of their customers, with the resulting compilation being sent out into each of the 31 film distribution territories for field testing to eliminate duplications and inconsistencies. It is believed to be the only true list of such theatres in

existence, accurate and complete as of June 15, 1952.

The rural nature and highway locations of such theatres make accurate addressing most diflicult. Owners themselves make understandable mistakes regarding the location of township and boro lines, and of the postal routes

which dictate their mailing address. Wherever possible, postal routes and post boxes have been listed; and where a particular hamlet has no postal office, communications should be directed to the owner at his address.

Numerals in parentheses behind each listing are the reported car capa cities of each.

Where particular theatres are operated by circuits or owners in other than the particular location, some effort is directed toward listing the latterls

business location or home address.

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ALBANY TERRITORY

New York

(NOTE: See aim Buffalo and New York Territories)

Alexandria Bay. N. Y., THOUSAND ISLAND I). I. Exec: Donald Gilson, Bay Th., and Mr.

Smilisc. (298) Black River, N. Y., BLACK RIVER D. I. Exec: Sylvan Lott, 951 Western Ave., Albany. (600)

Brownsvile, N Y., NORTHSIDE D. I. (Watertown). Exec: J. C. Agresta, Town Th., Water town. (450) Canton, N. Y., IDEAL D. I. Exec: A. P. Pannynnukos. American Th. (500)

Canton, N. Y., SUNSET I). 1.. Canton Rd.. Rt. 68. Exec: I). Gilson, Bay Th.. Alexandria Buy, (246)

(lolonie, N. Y., MOI-{AWK I). 1.. SchenectadyAlbuny Rd., Exec: Fabian This.. 1501 Broadway,

New York. (WW

Coxsackie, N. Y., HI-WAY D. 1., 2 Miles So. 0! Coxsackie Traffic Circle. Exec: Mrs. Frieda Klein,

Hunter Th., Hunter. (400) Crown Point, N. Y., SKYLINE D. I. Exec: Lawrence Allen. (300)

East Greenbush, N. Y., AUTO VISION D. I.. Rts. 20 and 9. 9?} Palace Th., Albany. Exec: Alan Iselin, 98 N. Pine Ave.. Albany. (400)

Fonda, N. Y., FONDA I). I. Exec: Michael Zulu, l? E. State, Johnstown. (200 and 50 Seats)

Gouverneur, N. Y., HI WAY D. I. Exec: James

P. Papayanakos. Gralyn Th. (350) Guildcrlnnd, N. Y., CARMEN I). I. Exec: John Morroi.1,:t, 248 E. Main. Amsterdam. (356) Hudson, N. Y., SUNSET D. I., Route 9. Exec: Fricder :inrl Grossmzm CL, New York. (450)

Hudson Falls. N. Y., DIX D. I. Exec: J. E. Fuller, Box 135, Glen Falls. (200)

Hunter, N. Y., MOUNTAIN D. I. Exec: Frieda Klein, Hunter Th., Hunter. (375)

*Lake George. N. Y., BEACH I). I. Exec: Julius Perlmutter, 1044 Broadway, Albany. (500u-Closedl
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