The Hollywood Drive-In Theater (TM) is located on Route 66 just eight miles outside of Troy, N.Y. The
Theater was built in 1952 by the late James Fisher who oversaw the operation for the next sixteen
years. In the beginning he, his wife, Beatrice, and son Frank kept the theater open year round. It ran
seven nights a week in the spring and summer months and on weekends September through May.
For the colder weather the theater offered heaters for the cars at no charge. The heaters plugged
into the side of the speaker pole you were parked next to. The poles in the drive-ins you see today
are mostly bare but, in the beginning a car would park on either side of the pole which hung two
speakers. You took these speakers and hung them on the side of your window for the picture's
sound. Some theaters still have a few speakers in use but most have gone to transmitting the sound
over radio waves. In its era the speakers were considered high quality sound but became outdated
with newer hi-tech innovations. Today you turn your car onto auxiliary and tune in your cars radio.
With some of the stereos in cars today you will experience a sound as good if not better than
the indoor theaters.
In 1968 Frank took over the business from his father and still enjoys running it to this day .He has learned everything from the projectors to the concessions when he was just a teenager working with his father and through trial and error and have improved the theater tremendously from those early days.
The theater began with two pre-1950's carbon arc projectors which held 2000 foot reels. Then came
6000 foot reels and the projectors had to be reconditioned to handle the larger reels. After that the projectors were changed to Xenon (zee-non) which gave off a more brilliant light, in return the
picture became crisper, clearer and brighter. With the change to xenon also came a platter system which allowed the film to run continuously with not having to switch from one projector to the next. The chance of the picture going off the screen because of error became non- existent, and there was no longer a need for a projectionist. As of April 2012 the theatre has converted to a digital projection system with Dolby digital sound giving you an experience equal to that of indoor screens on a larger than life outdoor screen. At the Hollywood Drive-In (TM) the movie is projected onto a 36'h x 88'w screen for all patrons to enjoy. In 1952 the theater held 250 cars but has expanded over the years and now can accommodate approximately 400 cars.
At the Hollywood Drive-In (TM) we have a newly remodeled concession building and have an expanded menu to suit everyone's palette. The full service concession stand offers the traditional fare which includes everything from fresh homemade pizza, which you can order by the slice or the whole pie, cooked to order hamburgers, hot dogs and fries to the old time favorites of popcorn, candy, and soda. Additionally the snack bar offers hot pretzels, nachos and a variety of other foods and snacks. The popcorn boxes are randomly stuffed with free passes into the drive-in.
The Hollywood Drive-In (TM) has been in business for 66 years and over the years has seen many changes. We have always maintained that having fun is what a drive-in is all about. We offer a neat and clean facility with a freshly mowed parking area. At the Hollywood Drive-In (TM) you will find a well trained staff ready to serve you with a relaxed atmosphere for you and your family to enjoy. So why not stop in,come early to have the best pick of parking. Don't forget! bring your lawn chairs, a beach blanket, even bring Rover. When you get here kick off your shoes, sit back, relax and re-visit a part of an era past or introduce your children to one of the many pleasures of your childhood.