The Big Screen Shines Again

The first showing on the new screen at the Midway Drive In Friday night.

MINETTO, NY – After a windstorm devastated the big screen at the historic Midway Drive In Theatre.

And with an outpouring of support from the community to rebuild, a new screen as big as the old one was erected this week and Friday (Aug. 29) night was lit with moving picture shows.

The theater was closed until further notice on July 8 after a windstorm brought down the big screen and hit Central New York with extreme alert tornado warnings. 

The big screen was in shambles after the July 8 windstorm took it down.

Owner John Nagelschmidt was at first unsure whether to reopen the historic community treasure but a local Girl Scouts troop offered support to help raise money and the theater owner decided to put the wheels in motion to rebuild.


  1. E-mail address: [email protected]– Myself and a few guys I hung around with in the 1950,s painted speaker poles one summer. One of the guy’s aunt owned the drive in. Many fond memories on saturday nights there, elkated to see it will gain be operational!

  2. Oh John and Family: SOOOO happy you are up and running again!!!That was pretty fast! We still have part of the season to enjoy your local landmark. Wow. Really impressed with all the hard work by everyone involved. I’ll wear my tee-shirt with pride! This shows, OUR COMMUNITY rocks! :0)

    Debbie Engelke

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