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Nice family run drive-in. I made my only visit back in 2002. It looks like they have remodeled the snack bar since then, gone the ‘retro’ look. I got the chance to talk to the owner, Howard Coleman. He basically worked his way up in the theater business over 30 years.
The drive-in is right off I-84, but there is enough of a buffer in between, that I didn’t really notice any distractions. The last field to added, #4, has no ramps, so the screen is higher up than normal.
Each field has their own booth as well & they are going open the 2014 season with digital pictures.
I made 4 trips up here in the final years. What a fantastic drive-in, I miss it so much. My first night here in 2000: Where The Heart IS, X-Men & Fight Club ( A Fox program) We had thunder & lightning that night. By the time Fight Club was over at 4:15, only 12 cars were left.
the new Twilight down the road in Aldergrove has the same layout.
They seperated the snack bar & booth though, and have had problems keeping the grass ramps maintained. It’s not quite the old Hillcrest, but glad the Daulat family has kept the drive-in tradition going in the lower mainland.
It would be a shame for the Hollywood to go out this way. Good luck to the faithful fans to help keep it going. I made 2 visits here, saw a movie in ‘08. Got the grand tour from Vince as well.
I made at least 2 visits here: For Love Of The Game & The 13th Warrior. Then Viva Rock Vegas & Scream 3. It’s a smaller version of the Starlite drive-in in Roseburg, OR. The box office was right off the side of the building with no signage. I always drove right past it into the field. As of 2010, the city/county paved a cul-de-sac on the field, perhaps to make it more of a business park. And the snack bar roof has been changed, more of a pitched roof.
I made a theater tour thru eastern Washington back in 2002. The North Cedar was one of the last drive-ins standing in Spokane along with the E. Trent, E. Sprague & West End. It was demolished sometime between 2006 & 2009 for housing. It looks like the hillside behind the original screen tower is still there.
I made 2 visits in 2012. I was impressed with their approach to the glamour of old Hollywood mixed in with new technology. For the sake of trying it out, I checked out the VIP room which is 21+. It has potential & more comfortable than the other theaters. But the 2.50 upcharge isn’t worth repeat visits. The ‘special’ snack bar items & beer out of a bottle didn’t cut it for me.
This is a cool drive-in, although in a remote part of the state. The screen blew down in January of 2008. Instead of closing down, they bought a new Selby tower. The snack bar has good food & prices.
I have been out to the Auto-Vue drive-in about 5 times in the last 10 years. But never had a chance to see inside of the Blue Fox until my last trip thru Grangeville. It is a very well preserved small town theater, with alot of vintage touches throughout the lobby and auditorium.
Warner Bros. Studio opened the Cameo on Aug. 20th, 1937. The program that night was a Merrie Melody cartoon “With Plenty Of Money & You” followed by the main feature “Ever Since Eve” with Marion Davies. Although WB was hoping to put Ted Francis out of business, he eventually prevailed and bought the Cameo in 1939.
It was an “Adults Only' theater for a long time. Not for content, but as in ‘no kids allowed’.
I have records of a drive-in further up north in Burlington, that might be the Skagit drive-in. The address is the corner of Andis Rd. & Burlington Blvd. Which is the current home of the Burlington Outlet Mall. Cinematour also lists the same info.
J.T. ‘Ted’ Francis moved to Newberg in 1926 and reopened the Star & Baker theaters. In 1930, he added sound to the Baker, renamed it the Francis. The Star was closed at this time.
I drive by Athena all the time on the way to the M-F drive-in, but i don’t plan on a trip out there until spring.
I can’t confirm the M&R theater statistics just yet. But there was an indoor theater named the Ivy at 297 Redwood Hwy., in town and is a quonset hut. I believe it closed around 1999 when the owner decided to focus on his other business ventures. It has been been Bi-Rite Auto parts for some time now and is under new ownership.
You can see that both the Able & Charlie CInerama projection booths are still there. The framework for the curved screen is behind the curtains.
There is still some good info on this site, A shame that some listed as Open are now Closed and gone forever.
There is a new Washington drive-in tribute site. Hopefully Rob Norenberg will be able to start posting more info & pics soon.
Thanks to Ken and Jack O. from the Rodeo for telling me about the Twin City. My first stop was in 2000, relatively still intact. After the marquee was removed in ‘02, I stopped my visits because I would see transients hanging around the box office, which eventually burned down. By 2005, the county decided to raze the property and fence off the perimeter. You can still see some of the pavement for the main entrance and exit lane coming out of field one.
Karen closed the Linden 3 back in 2006.
The Ceres reopened as a Flea Market only in 2012. But there has been some talk about showing movies again in the near future. Screen 2 is still standing, and they would have to rebuild the booth and put up a new screen in field 1 for it to happen.
I stopped by labor Day weekend for one last visit. The screens were the first to be torn down and now all that scrap metal has been hauled away. Both snack bar/ticket booths have been demo'ed. All signage is gone, the exterior fencing is up still. But the speakers posts remain, standing guard in each field.
Congrats to the Starlite for winning a digital projector from projectdrivein.
Congrats to the Stateline for winning a digital projector from projectdrivein.
Congrats to Richard Boaz & ‘The Big Mo’ for winning a new projector from projectdrivein. With 3 screens, every little bit helps to stay open.
The Ocala is one of the lucky winners from projectdrivein. ‘How sweet it is’ for the new owners to be able to convert to digital.
The 99W is winner #5 from Honda’s ProjectDriveIn. Still waiting to hear when the conversion process will be done.
The Cherry Bowl is winner #2 of Honda’s ProjectDriveIn. They are getting a new digital projector. WOOP WOOP