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Cayuga Nation puts up blockade in front of Finger Lakes Drive-In as court battle begins over land dispute

The Finger Lakes Drive-In, a beloved outdoor movie theater in Aurelius, is embroiled in a legal battle to keep its gates open after the Cayuga Nation placed concrete blocks at the theater’s entrance.

Owner Paul Meyer has filed for an injunction in the Cayuga County Supreme Court to remove the blockade, arguing that a 20-year lease he signed in 2014 with the property’s previous owner grants him rights to the disputed land.


The Cayuga Nation, which acquired the neighboring property last year, has countered Meyer’s claims, asserting that the lease is “invalid and unenforceable.”

The conflict stems from the nation’s purchase of land that includes a portion of the drive-in’s movie screen and parking spots. Meyer contends that the blockade is causing “irreparable harm” to his business by effectively shutting it down. He is seeking a permanent injunction to prevent further interference with the drive-in’s operations and a dismissal of the nation’s complaint regarding property encroachment.

As the legal proceedings unfold, Meyer has turned to crowdfunding to cover his legal expenses, setting up a GoFundMe campaign with a target of $65,000.