INTRODUCING CROTON MEMORIES, a new series which will focus on Croton from the 1940's through the 1970's. First installment:
1948 was an interesting year. The Cold War had officially begun, Philco and Motorola products were high on everyone’s wish lists, and Cary Grant and Myrna Loy were charming audiences in their latest film: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. It was also the year the Starlight Drive-in Movie Theater opened in what is now the Shoprite Center in Croton.
The drive-in boasted a capacity for 500 cars, was the first outdoor cinema in Westchester County, and opened on August 18th with “Dead Reckoning” starring Humphrey Bogart and Lizabeth Scott. It closed in 1973 after playing The Day of The Jackal.
We’ve been hearing about the place for years and popped into the Croton Historical Society to find out more. As usual, everyone was very helpful. Click on the links to see only some of what we have found with more to come at a future date:
8/16 update—read the conclusion here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/more-croton-memories-more-on-starlight.html