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Summer sightseeing: Drive-in movie theaters in Central New York

Published: Friday, July 30, 2010, 6:00 AM     Updated: Friday, July 30, 2010, 8:12 AM
An old Dodge sits parked out front of the Finger Lakes Drive-In along Routes 5&20 in Aurelius. The theatre opened on July 15, 1947 and continues to offer movies seven nights a week each summer, rain or shine, through Labor Day. Lauren Long / The Post-Standard Finger Lakes Drive-In gallery (9 photos)
Compared to the breathtaking quality of surround sound and special effects, tilting plush seats and giant cup holders, the drive-in movie theater has become a relic of simpler times. But those of you who still crave the old-fashioned pastime need not travel far to catch a flick. There are five drive-in theaters within a 90-minute drive (give or take a few minutes) from Syracuse that are open for the summer.
Some of the theater’s movies might be a couple of weeks behind the major cinemas — the Midway is playing “The Last Airbender” and “Date Night” this weekend — but the super-discounted price and timeless atmosphere are worth the wait.

Bay Drive-in
Distance from Syracuse: 98 miles.
Open: Fridays, 30 minutes after sundown.
Ticket prices: Adults $5; children 7 to 11 $2.
Address: Route 26 and Bailey Settlement Road, Alexandria Bay.
Now playing: “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Inception,” “Despicable Me,” and “Salt,” today through Aug. 5.
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West Rome Drive-in
Distance from Syracuse: 45 miles.
Open: Nightly, first show at 9 p.m., second at 11 p.m. or later.
Ticket prices: Adults $7.50; children 5 to 11 $3; children 4 and younger free.
Address: On Erie Boulevard West, Rome (13 miles after Thruway exit 33, just past Home Depot).
Now playing: “Cats and Dogs,” “Despicable Me,” “Salt” and “Inception,” today through Aug. 5.
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Midway Drive-in
Distance from Syracuse: 33 miles.
Open: 7 p.m. nightly.
Ticket prices: Adults $6; children 7 to 11 $2; 6 and younger free.
Address: 2475 Route 48, Minetto, north of Fulton.
Now playing: “Inception,” “The Last Airbender” and “Date Night,” today through Aug. 5.
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Fingerlakes Drive-in
Distance from Syracuse: 29 miles.
Open: 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Ticket prices: Adults ages 12 and older $7.50; kids 5 to 11 $3; kids 4 and younger free.
Address: 1064 Clark Street Road, Aurelius.
Now playing: “Despicable Me,” “Knight and Day” and “Grown Ups,” today through Aug. 5.
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Valley Brook Drive-in
Distance from Syracuse: 76 miles.
Open: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ticket prices: Adults 11 and older $5; kids 7 to 11 $1; younger than 7 free.
Address: Burdicks Crossing, Lyons Falls.
Now playing: “Despicable Me,” and “Cats and Dogs,” today through Sunday.
More information: 315-348-6315.

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