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This complex was a monster. Saw 2001 and Patton here when it was just a single theater. The bowling alley was huge.
During the 70’s they would make a killing showing kiddie matinees over the weekend. They would over sell the place and if you got up to get some popcorn, you lost your seat. There would be about a dozen kids at the top of the aisle without a seat having to stand the entire time. I believe the smaller second theater was added later. That screen seemed like an afterthought. It was much smaller.
The Hideaway Casino next to the theater started out as a Sea Galley restaurant.
Saw a lot of 007 movies there. Inside, the oval-ish ceiling made it look like a giant shoe was about to step on you.
As of now (2011), the tall trees that were planted on the riverside are being cut down. Looks like nobody will know that there was a drive-in at that location.
The only thing I remember about this drive-in was that the playground in front of the screen was covered in ton of sawdust. I guess it was there to keep the kiddies safe from falls, but it looked like the equipement was sinking into the ground. The ground clearance of the swingset was about a foot! If you drive the 167 freeway between Renton and Kent, you can still see the tall trees marking its location.
Went there once. Just once a few years ago. Very ratty around the edges. Weird angle of the screen gave me a neckache. Broken seats and the decorative fabric on the sides of the threater was all shredded up at the bottom. Needs a serious update. Go to the Chalet instead.
First run movies, cheap ticket price, cheap popcorn, and small town appeal. It’s a bit cold and stark inside, but still warm and fuzzy compaired to the big chains. Worth the trip to Enumclaw.