Puget Park Drive-In

13020 Meridian Avenue South,
Everett, WA 98208

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The Puget Park Drive-In was built in 1971. It has a single screen that measures 50 x 100 feet and a capacity for 700 cars. It opened in the Summer from May-September.

Sadly it was closed at the end of the season in September 2009.

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moviefan65
moviefan65 on February 16, 2009 at 6:44 am

I live in Everett and LIVE for the movies (especially the old ones) and I hope this Drive-In NEVER closes because the Drive-In theater is the LAST remaining part of Americana from the past! Ironically, I’ve never been to this drive-in, but then I have a pretty good excuse: I don’t own a car!
I used to go to the old Aurora Drive-In LOTS as a youth. Today, at it it’s very location is a Sam’s Club! (like we need more outlet stores) LONG LIVE THE AMERICAN DRIVE-IN!

Andrea
Andrea on January 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

When Everett’s Puget Park Drive-In closed in September 2009 for the season, patrons had no idea that the triple bill “Nine,” “The Proposal” and “District 9" would be the final films to flicker on the 50'x 100' screen.

Owner Sterling Realty Organization has made an agreement with Swedish Health Services of Seattle to open a $30 million stand-alone emergency room on the drive-in property.

More can be read here: View link

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on June 17, 2010 at 12:03 am

I stopped by Puget park today hoping to snap a few pictures before demolition…. Well it’s to late, there is now nothing left except some of the exterior fence and part of the ticket booth. A very sad end to a once great Drive-in, and it is also sad that SRO is now compleatly out of the theater business.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

This opened on February 15th, 1968.

HogGravynChitlins
HogGravynChitlins on June 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I read in the paper that Swedish Medical has fallen on hard times and will have to lay off hundreds, did that expansion even need to be built? The future of America: nothing but Condos, Clinics and pharmacies. The first to house the billions being kept alive forever, and rest to dispense the medical miracles.

Andrea
Andrea on June 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

@ HogGravynChitlins, the area in question was in dire need of emergency room services closer than the next closest hospitals — a 15-20 minute ride north or south was previously the difference between life or death for many people in emergency situations.

(Swedish isn’t the only hospital with financial troubles; caring for the underinsured and uninsured is breaking the bank for everyone — except insurance and pharmaceutical companies.)

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on July 28, 2012 at 5:37 am

@ Andrea, but did they have to build it there??? The empty lot directly behind the Puget Park, nearly as big wouldn’t have worked??? We can all appreciate that the area needed an emergency room, don’t get me wrong. What we don’t get is why did it have to involve tearing down a bit of history. That was not only the largest outdoor screen in Washington, but the last drive in on I-5, the last operating SRO theatre anywhere. Not to mention all the memories there. It’s sad and it still hurts some of us that it was taken away.

Andrea
Andrea on July 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

@ R Norenberg, You’re absolutely right, there is plenty of empty commercial land in that part of Snohomish County that could have been just as appropriate for Swedish.

I’m sure SRO got an offer they couldn’t refuse, and perhaps they were looking for a way out of the theater business —– don’t forget that SRO would have had to invest $50K-$100K to switch to digital projectors by the end of 2013.

The other five remaining drive-ins in Washington State are grappling with this issue as I write.

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on July 31, 2012 at 1:13 am

@ Andrea, I know SRO got an offer they couldn’t refuse. I know SRO wanted out for many years, but couldn’t because it was special to John Danz, the company founder. That’s why it lasted so many years more than their other theatres. It’s just that if it hadn’t been suddenly developed it might still be around. I’m sure if it wasn’t Swedish it would have been someone else. Or would it have been… If SRO had sold the property like a normal sale, where people outside the company know it is being sold, who knows what might have happened. Maybe someone else would be running the theatre, maybe not, maybe I’m dreaming. What really gets me going is SRO had said in the years just prior to the closure that the theatre was making more money every year, and doing very well. Also that it was likely to stay around. It’s just sad to some of us, in reality it is SROs fault not Swedishes.

thisisjohnbook
thisisjohnbook on January 30, 2013 at 2:04 am

A website showing photos of the drive-in, taken from 2005 to after its close in 2010, where it looks like they were about to clear out the drive-in in order to make way for the medical center. http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/default.aspx?f=1&guid=ee3e173a-6fa7-4fc6-9c2b-bcfc24097608&gid=2

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