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1953 Film Daily Yearbook (FDY) has this listed as the Movie Park Drive-In. In 1955, FDY has it listed as Parkside Drive-In, probably as an unintentional mental error, as it is again listed as Movie Park Drive-In in the 1960 FDY, 1966 FDY, and 1970 FDY. International Motion Picture Almanac has it listed as Movie Park Drive-In in its 1962, 1964, 1965, and 1969 editions.
There was no reference in any of my theatre catalogs from 1950 to 1970 to a Spot Drive-In in this town. If there were a reference from another source, it was probably a mis-classified reference to the Spot Theatre, which was a hardtop, and not a drive-in.
Please remove Spot Drive-In under the “Previous Name” heading, as I believe this to be an error.
Now the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office.
109 Goodgame StCamden, AR 71701
1970 Aerial Photo courtesy of USGS and Earth Explorer.
1963 AERIAL PHOTO
The site of the Razorback Drive-In is clearly visible in aerial photos from 1949 & 1963. It should be easy to conclude that the Camden Drive-In was reopened by Malco and renamed the Razorback Drive-In, and that they were both at the same location.
After further research, it has been confirmed that the proper address for 71 Drive-In was actually at a different location, Jenny Lind Road at S Zero St
Fort Smith, AR 72901
The address currently in the heading was for the Sky Vue Drive-In.
There was a drive-in just across the Alabama state line, on Old US-31 at Sweet Springs Rd, in Ardmore, Alabama. Ardmore is one of those cities which straddles the state line between Tennessee and Alabama. The drive-in on Old US-31 is about two miles south of the state line in Ardmore, Alabama.
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1951-52 IMPA Theatre Catalog also shows the Auto Drive-In, Moscow/Pullman, 465 cars, and E. Metzgar as the owner. This is the exact same information which appears in the 1962, 1964, and 1965 IMPA Theatre Catalogs, so it appears as though this originally opened as the Auto Drive-In in 1950, and sometime before 1962 was renamed the Varsity Drive-In.
Please update this listing to – Additinnal Information – Previous Names: Auto Drive-In.
The 1962, 1964, & 1965 IMPA Theatre Catalogs all refer to a Varsity Drive-In in Washington State, under the location of Moscow Pullman Highway, and not the name of the town. This is unusual, since these catalogs normally organize their lists by town or city names, and not by roadways. Due to the proximity of the state line between Idaho and Washington, technically this should be listed under the town of Pullman, Washington, but since it was located only two miles west of Moscow, Idaho, it also served that community, if not more so.
5951 Airport Rd
Pullman, WA 99163
Site is now occupied by Platt Electrical Supply, just west of the Washington State line, and only two miles west of Moscow, Idaho. It was on the corner of WA-270 and Pullman Airport Road.
What is somewhat confusing about this is that Pullman Airport Road loops around to intersect WA-270 at two points which are almost five mile apart.
Topo Maps clearly indicate the location of the drive-in at the more easterly intersection, closer to Moscow than to Pullman, but technically still in Pullman due to being on the west side of the state line between Idaho and Washington.
The drive-in also appears very clearly at this location in this aerial photo
According to local resident of Moscow, this was known as the Varsity Drive-In.
Toppenish, WA 98948
The site is now a storage facility. The original marquee is still being used to advertise for the storage business.
260 NW Loop Rd
White Salmon, WA 98672
There was a N. Division Indoor Theatre on N. Division in Spokane. There were no other drive-ins on N. Division, other than the Auto-Vue Drive-In and the Y Drive-In.
SE Riverview St at SE Benewah StPullman, WA 99163
Here is a 1953 aerial photo.
Stines Hill Road at Pine Flats Loop Rd
Cashmere, WA 98815
4420 Pacific Hwy EFife, WA 98424
The address in the header is no longer valid.
The Meridian Drive-In was on Fairview Ave, which used to be Hwy 30 before it was moved when I-84 was built. Also, the car capacity information is identical in the theatre catalogs for both the Hwy 30 Drive-In and the Meridian Drive-In. The owners had to come up with a new name after Hwy 30 was moved sometime in the mid 1950s.
7 Mile Rd at Delaware StKamiah, ID 83536
The Sky Vue Drive-In did not reopen in 2016. Its future is uncertain, as the operators are still attempting to raise funds for a digital projector. The same operators run the Motor Vue, also in Idaho Falls, which was open in 2016 running 35mm films.
S State St & W 8th S
Preston, ID 83263
Any information on a Central Drive-In near Stayton or Sublimity? It may have been open around 1950-55.
There were actually three confirmed drive-ins in The Dalles. The Dalles Drive-In, the Starlite Drive-In, and the Motor Vu.
From The Dalles Chronicle 1953 newspaper article: “Wasco County today issued a building permit to Walter Eschebeck of The Dalles to erect the Starlight Drive-In Theater east of the city limits near the bluff overlooking the site of The Dalles Bridge. The permit is for erection of a steel tower to hold the screen and 1,500-square feet block building to house the projection room and concession bar. Listed value of the building permit was $15,000. When completed, the Starlight will be the third drive-in theater and the sixth motion picture theatre in the immediate Dalles area.”
Mahogany LaneSweet Home, OR 97386
The drive-in was located in between 46th Ave and 47th Ave at what is now Mahogany Lane, a cul-de-sac of residential homes.
Theater Rd at SE 56th St
Gopher Flats, OR 97801
Should be “Lower Smith River Rd”