Buffalonians miss this Cheektowaga drive-in
This week I had a doctor’s appointment in Cheektowaga. It was the giant office on Harlem Road, near where the Ja-Fa-Fa Hots and The Owl Lounge were (ah the memories).
I couldn’t help but think to myself upon arriving that this huge office and medical building was once the site of a beloved drive-in for Buffalonians.
I have vague memories of the place but I remember my older sister taking me to the Buffalo Drive-In when I was little.
It was located in Cheektowaga near Harlem Road. I think I went there in 2000? 2001? Just over there.
Believe it or not, the drive-in lasted until 2007, which was new to me. For some reason I thought it was torn down before that.
The drive-in opened in 1948 and was a place where parents and grandparents took their children and grandchildren. It was located in a location considered one of the hearts of Buffalo – Cheektowaga near the 33 and a short drive from the city of Buffalo.
The first movie ever screened at the Buffalo Drive-In? It would be Disney’s “Song of the South,” which was playing on the theater’s only screen at the time. It has grown since then but met its demise in the mid-2000s.
My sister lived in the neighborhood behind the theater. I remember stories of kids jumping over the fence to try and avoid a charge, but wonder how they ranked in the movie?
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