Wheel-In Motor Movie

210 Theatre Road,
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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The Wheel-In Motor Movie was built in 1952 with one screen and a capacity for 154 cars. It remains open today.

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rodeojack
rodeojack on October 2, 2005 at 4:46 pm

The Wheel-In Motor Movie is truely one of the finest examples of a family-owned community drive-in. It was built in 1952 and is currently owned by the Daughter and Son In-Law of the founding family.

Since the theatre was built, little has changed. The concession stand was remodeled in 1970 to add counter space for pizza and sandwich sales. However, the original restaurant booths still sit under the large picture windows, the original popcorn machine is still in use (though on its 2nd kettle), the 30 seat viewing room is in service and the original dial telephone hangs on the wall.

The theatre’s projection room has been upgraded somewhat… the carbon arc lamps are gone, and a projector was installed that was better suited to run continuously through a double feature. The drive-in has FM stereo sound, which is common these days. However, the original 1952 RCA sound system is still fully functional, meticulously maintained and in operation every night.

Pictures of the Wheel-In are available at our web site,
www.rodeodrivein.com
You’ll find the Wheel-In’s link in the upper left-hand frame.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I have it parking 200 cars and owned by E.E.Thompson in 1956.Pity there are no more comments after such a long time.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 19, 2011 at 9:07 am

And it is still open!!!!!!!

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on September 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I made 2 visits for the 2012 season, still one of my favorite drive-ins. It is the smallest DI in the state, official capacity is 154 cars based off the speaker poles. The website is: ptwheelinmotormovie.com

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