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Someone assist me on this, but if I’m not mistaken, the hut/building (it has a pointed roof) that you would purchase your tickets at; before driving down the dirt road to the entrance; is still there but is now a chocolate store. ???
This is still our favorite outdoor theatre to go to. I have heard talk that it too will come down in the near future. It’s a shame that the drive-ins are all dwindling away. It really is an inexpensive fun for all & a great summer night out.
This theater used to be a 24 hour “A & P” grocery store in the early 80’s, I lived right behind there on Dee Road.
I saw Paul Newman’s “The Verdict” here back in the early 80’s when it was just one or two screens.
We used to skip out of school and go to the bowling alley downstairs and played pinball. The building that the theater was in also had an upstairs bar that had live music.
I saw a few movies there in the 70’s like: “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid” & “The Exorcist”. The place was so huge that even if a 200 – 300 people were there it seemed empty. I Also saw a 3 band concert there with: “Styx”, “Cock & Bull” and “Dr. Hook & his Fabulous Medicine Show”. (I sat in the balcony)
I worked at this theatre in the 70’s and remember when “Billy Jack” was playing for an increased price of $2.50 ($2.00 was the reg. rate)but the place was packed. It had a dual marquee that you could read from either direction you were coming from. They had self serve soda machine that mixed a fountain drink in paper cups. There was a bar just a few feet from the theater, anyone remember the name? Please e mail me. Just up the street at Galena & Stolp was the tallest building in Aurora at 14 stories and they used to have a disco in the basememt. While working at the theater I sometimes worked 10 hour weekends and walked to “Prince Castle” 10 blocks away for my lunch.
I remember going here when the indoor theatre was still there and it was nicknamed “Dirty 30” for the X rated movies it showed.
As a kid growing up, this is the Drive-In that we frequented most and it was sad to have it close. I remember bringing brown paper bags of homemade buttery popcorn there and coolers filled with Kool-Aid – aaahhhh, “the good ole days”. One of my favorite movies viewed there: “Dirty Larry, Crazy Mary”.
There are only a few drive in theatres left in our area and we live over an hour away but always check out what’s playing at the Cascade and have made the drive a few times.
Growing up in this area and then coming back years later; it truly is a marvel to see that the screen still stands and is like a piece of history that is frozen in time. Indeed it is heavily overgrown and if looking for it, you must keep a close eye out for it. It is on the east side of Pingree road about 1/16 – 1/8 miles south of Rte. 14.