Movies Come Back To Berkeley Green
I did not know much about Saranac Lake’s movie theatre history until my husband spoke of going to see a film in Saranac Lake. In addition to Vaudeville shows and Hollywood location shoots, Saranac Lake was once the home to three movie theatres and a drive-in at various times in its vast history.
The Sara-Placid Drive-In opened in 1950 and held its last show the summer of 1970. Located between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, the drive-in had the capacity to hold 300 cars. The drive-in and surrounding lands were sold to the DEC.
The mini history lesson does serve a purpose. Downtown Saranac Lake will be hosting its second outdoor movie this Friday, July 27, at Berkeley Green. Yes, bringing movies back to the same location that had housed the Pontiac and Berkeley theatres. The June turnout for “The Wizard of Oz” was so successful that movie night is back for July. Starting at 9 pm the Downtown Saranac Lake organization will provide a free showing of the PG rated Steven Spielberg directed film, E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial.