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Best of the Capital Region

Malta Drive-In clenches the victory for the 10th year, marking a decadelong winning streak

Gary Hahn, 

April 15, 2022Updated: June 23, 2022 12:21 p.m.

Many of the Capital Region's drive-in movie theaters are opening for the season soon. (Jim Franco / Special to the Times Union )

Many of the Capital Region’s drive-in movie theaters are opening for the season soon. (Jim Franco / Special to the Times Union )

James Franco

For 10 years we’ve asked readers to nominate and vote for their favorite drive-in theater. And for 10 years, the first-place winner in our annual Best of the Capital Region reader poll has been the same. 

Malta Drive-In, the Route 9 venue with the colorful, retro entrance sign, has again garnered the most votes from those who love their films above a dashboard.

Here’s a rundown of all of the best drive-in finalists over the last 10 years.

More: See all of the 2022 Best of the Capital Region winners. | Sign up for the Best of the Capital Region newsletter.

BEST OF THE CAPITAL REGION

Malta Drive-In

2022: Winner


A view of the Malta Drive In on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Malta, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union)

A view of the Malta Drive In on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Malta, N.Y. 

Paul Buckowski/Albany Times Union

Best drive-in theater: First place in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013

Address: 2785 Route 9, Malta

Website: maltadrivein.com 

BEST OF THE CAPITAL REGION

Jericho Drive-In

2022: Second place


The Jericho Drive-in in Glenmont, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

The Jericho Drive-in in Glenmont, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

James Franco/Special to the Times Union

Best drive-in theater: Second place in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013

Address: 21 Jericho Road, Glenmont

Website: jerichodrive-in.com

 

BEST OF THE CAPITAL REGION

Hollywood Drive-In Theatre

2022: Third place


Hollywood Drive-In in the town of Poestenkill on Friday night, July 3, 2020. 

Hollywood Drive-In in the town of Poestenkill on Friday night, July 3, 2020. 

Gary Hahn/Times Union

Best drive-in theater: Third place place in 2022, 2021 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013

Address: 9270 Route 66, Averill Park

Website: hollywooddrivein.com

BEST OF THE CAPITAL REGION

Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre

2022: Runner up


The Hi-Way drive-in theatre on U.S. Route 9W south of Coxsackie has been a popular destination for movies and concerts.

The Hi-Way drive-in theatre on U.S. Route 9W south of Coxsackie has been a popular destination for movies and concerts.

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Best drive-in theater: Runner up in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2015

Address: 10699 State, Route 9W, Coxsackie

Website: hiwaydrivein.com

BEST OF THE CAPITAL REGION

Greenville Drive-In

2022: Runner up


Grass is mowed at the Greenville Drive-In on Wednesday, May, 6, 2020, in Greenville, N.Y. Some schools are working with drive-in movie theaters to come up with a way to celebrate their graduating seniors during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Grass is mowed at the Greenville Drive-In on Wednesday, May, 6, 2020, in Greenville, N.Y. 

Will Waldron/Times Union

Best drive-in theater: Runner up in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019

Address: 10700 Route 32, Greenville

Website: drivein32.com

BEST OF THE CAPITAL REGION

Hathaway’s Drive-In Theatre


Photo from Facebook

Best drive-in theater: Runner-up in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016

Address: 4762 Route 67, North Hoosick

Website: hathawaysdrive-in.com

BEST OF THE CAPITAL REGION

Glen Drive In


Best drive-in theater: Runner-up in 2015

Address: 983 U.S. 9, Queensbury

Website: glendriveintheater.com

Allegra Czerwinski is the Online Content Manager for the Times Union. She began her career in Dayton working for Cox Media Group Ohio, which was the only converged newsroom in the country to combine newspapers, television and radio stations. She is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. An Albany native, she is ecstatic to be back in her hometown, working for a newspaper she grew up reading. You can reach her at [email protected].

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