Valley 6 Drive-In

401 49th Street NE,
Auburn, WA 98002

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Valley 6 Drive-In

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The Valley 6 Drive-In opened in 1968. This drive-in was one of the largest drive-in’s operating in the U.S. It had a capacity for 3,000 cars.

It later only operated with five screens as one screen was badly damaged in a storm several years ago. It was closed in late-2012 and demolished in 2013.

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SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on September 5, 2012 at 4:39 am

I talked to Keith, the manager, back in the spring. At that time, he believed they would be open in 2013 and maybe even 2014 as well. I fully expect them to not deal with the digital conversion. So, as long as there is film product out there, they can make a go of it. Now that the Robertson Corp. owns the land, they seem to be dragging their feet on the redevelopment.

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 5, 2012 at 8:24 am

Well with Disney, Warners, Paramount, and Universal signing a contract with Kodak to continue manufacturing billions of feet of 35mm film through December of 2015, the Valley should have no problem getting 35mm film product.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

No good reason to develop land right now if there are no retail tenants to fill it or people buying houses.

R Norenberg
R Norenberg on October 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I know what some of you guys have all said, but I have just recieved word from one of the employees of the Valley “6” drive in that they have been told that they are now closed for good… That’s not to say that they won’t change there mind between now and spring, but the word is as of now closed for good. In the mean time we can try to save it by going to facebook, and looking up save our auburn valley drive in.

thisisjohnbook
thisisjohnbook on February 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

It seems that drive-in owner Kieth Kiehl died from cancer-related causes on December 19, 2012, as the website for the theater is his obituary.

Two Facebook pages for the drive-in, one fan-based and the other with now-former employees, all confirm that the 2012 season was their last. Plans for “re-development” of the property are underway. http://www.auburn-reporter.com/news/174681231.html

The marquee, mentioning Kiehl’s passing: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151142288466990&set=o.43760443478&type=1&theater

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on May 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

You can change the status to demolished now. All screens are down as well as the south side snack bar & ticket booths. I would imagine they will be done by August.

KenLayton
KenLayton on July 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

I wonder where all the equipment went from this theater?

Dave Lounder
Dave Lounder on August 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Wow ….. very, very sad!

Mmandarano
Mmandarano on September 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

Indeed, very, very sad.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on September 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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.

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