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This concept may have worked if all for screens came from one projector, then there would not have been any need for the projectionist to strike. If they could have taken the Cinema 360 concept with a screen for every car and scaled it down to four screens.
I was told by a lady at the museum when the Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center acquired the theater the roof had caved in from all the years being vacant. The interior has been mostly remodeled, it has been completely opened up, the floor has been leveled,the conscession stand,and stage removed. There is now a walkway that ramps upward to spaces above, it is a partial second floor open to below were the museum displays are layed out. It looks as though there was a balcony in this theater which is still partialy there along with some rooms behind the balcony, I assume this was the projection booth, they now have large windows that look out on the museum. An interesting not with this theater is that it had a seperate entrance for people of color if you look at the street view above you can see the entrance opening with the marquee above it if you look imediatly left you can see another opening without a marquee over it in this opening there is a single door and a ticket booth window This was the colored entrance. I assume that when it was a theater that the inside was seperated also the balcony was probably for colored people and I am sure the was seperate bathrooms.
I am currently a ministry student and I am currently working to start a mobile theater ministry, Which I hope to grow to someday include some Drive-In theaters and Indoor Theaters. They will only show movies with a clear biblical message.
This Theater was associated with Rev. Terry and Olive Little who also ran the Devils Lake Drive-In in Manitou Beach, MI. Which is also on Cinema Treasures. Although they have passed away and Both theaters are now closed their ministry lives on as a mobile theater ministry which was started with the proceeds from the sale of this theater, their website is:
I sure would like to see some pictures of this Theater
And one for St. Thomas
Here is and article for the St. Croix Drive-In Theater
Heres another one about a foreclosure on both the St. Croix and St. Thomas Drive-In theaters so they must have been built if the bank was foreclosing on them
I found this on the internet it is St. Croix it is about a hearing for permission to build a drive in there it is interesting http://openjurist.org/479/f2d/350/kramer-v-government-of-virgin-islands
Is this Drive-In still open? This article says it closed in 2011! http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/drive-in-folds-after-final-film/898440/
Does anyone have an update? Because if its closed it needs to be changed to closed!
Arial photo here:
Article on original screen fire:
Super 50 Drive in was twinned somewhere along its history. The land now houses a storage facility and I believe a hardware store, the hardware store was built as a discount beverage center which later closed down, most likely because the are the Drive-In was located is still rural. They named the road going into the storage area Super 50 Way. I have pictures somewhere of the lot and consession stand which was all that was left when I visited the sight in the late 1990’s. When I locate them I will scan them and upload them. This drive-In had a plaground one of the photo’s I took was of a swing, it looked kind of like a horse with grips on either side of the head, I remember similar ones at the Vail Mills D-I in Broadalbin.
I believe all of the buildings pictured were torn down to make way new lanes on route 5.
Now this is just what we need here in eastern NC, maybe someday I will have a piece of land big enough to build on around this size. For now I will just concentrate on my Ideas for portable D-I’s.
Palace is a definite fit for this theater, it is truly like a Palace, it is palacial in size and decore. I think it sad to see not only theaters but all manor of old buildings in such states of disrepair and neglect, instead of preserving the buildings of this era of time we just let them rot away. It is such a shame we could have so many more beautiful examples such as proctors, but through selfishness and greed we let them deteriorate until we cannot save them.
I find it really interesting when a 15 screen multiplex is bulldozed, most newer multiplexes aren’t much more than 15 screens. What would make it more interesting is if they bulldozed it to build a single screen D-I.
Wouldn’t you know it now a housing development, and they named the new road “Drive-In Way”, somtimes I think they do this to tease us Drive-In lovers. I think if it is going to be redeveloped they should do it without a trace of there ever being a Drive-In Theater there.
OOH a cheerleader double feature!!!!
Why re all the autoscopes listed as 1 Screen?
Check out this website with some pictures Of the Tri-Circle Autoscope Drive-In in washington, which is on CT, just search for Tri-Circle. They are awesome http://www.film-tech.com/ubbpics/ubb672.html
Check out this website with some pictures Of the Tri-Circle Autoscope Drive-In they are awesome http://www.film-tech.com/ubbpics/ubb672.html
Occasionally when looking at satellite photos of drive ins I see one with a more rounded shape as oposed to the mor common triangular shape. I wonder if these might have been Autoscopes, Because I have seen satellite photos of a converted autoscope wich was round but had the ramps and a single screen on one end. Of course some Autoscopes were probably plowed under and rebuilt into a more traditional D-I. Just some food for thought when looking at satellite photos or historical arials of old D-I locations. You might also look for a more rounded concession stand. It sure would be nice to find out how many existed, alas we will probably never now.
They should do some fundrasing and restore the back of that screen, it would be a big attraction to the area.
Wasn’t the Airdome an open air theater, I believe their is somthing about it in Don & Susan Sanders “American Drive-In Movie Theater”