Central held 850 cars and had a concave screen according to a former owner,
and was located at 1700 Long Pond Road between Ridgeway Avenue and Lyell Avenue.
It was designed by a well known architect and boasted one of the largest screens
in the world (62'x45'), as well as a huge fountain on the marquee side of the
screen, and a dance hall built into the screen tower.
The grand opening took place on August 1st, 1946, making it Rochester's second drive-in theater. It's first show was "Cover Girl" starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. Owned and operated by E. Graden, Elmer H. Ellis, and Wm. Tishkoff at an initial cost of $130,000.
The Central closed at the end of the 1982 season, and its land now contains a large complex of townhouses, and office building, and Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. If you have any pictures, please send me an e-mail!!
Opening Day Ad (from Rochester
Democrat & Chronicle - August 1, 1946)
Opening Day Article (from
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - August 1, 1946)
Central match book cover - front (circa 1950s)
Central match book cover - back
Central match book cover - inside
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