Wheel-In Motor Movie

210 Theatre Road,
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Help us make this street view more accurate

Please adjust the view until the theater is clearly visible. more info

Wheel-In Motor Movie

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Wheel-In Motor Movie was built in 1952 with one screen and a capacity for 154 cars. It remains open today. A new screen was installed in early-summer of 2017.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

rodeojack on October 2, 2005 at 9:46 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,
You’ll find the Wheel-In’s link in the upper left-hand frame.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2011 at 3:37 am

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 on March 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

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

SteveSwanson on September 30, 2012 at 7:38 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

Chris1982 on October 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

Need to update their website The drive-in has made the conversion to digital projection.

KenLayton on October 12, 2014 at 6:08 pm

They are doing a Halloween triple feature of classic horror movies: Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

NeonMichael on May 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm

The 1955-56 Theatre Catalog listed it with a capacity of 320, which can’t have been accurate. Could it be that it was including the seats in the Wheel-In’s indoor viewing area?

From its first listing in the IMPAs into the 1970s, the Wheel-In was given a capacity of 200. By 1982, it was down to 190.

KenLayton on May 24, 2017 at 4:36 am

Theater is temporarily closed until July 1 (approx) for installation of a new screen. Looks like it’ll be a very short season for them this year.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater