Fife Drive-In

1601 Goldau Road,
Fife, WA 98424

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My, oh, my. I dream that one day I will drive along Interstate 5 through Fife and see that giant screen resurrected and flickering again.

But, alas, no.

The Fife Drive-In was built in 1950 by Mike Barovic and W.R. Forman. It opened that summer, and movies flashed on the giant plywood screen until 1985 or 1986.

The site was razed in the early-1990’s to make way for apartments, of course. A few of the poplar trees that surrounded the site remain.

I remember vividly sitting in the backseat of my parents' car as we drove along I-5 at night and peering out the window for just a glimpse of what was playing at the drive-in.

Contributed by KatieMac

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kateymac01
kateymac01 on May 3, 2005 at 1:42 pm

There was space for 650 cars.

dwjensen
dwjensen on August 29, 2005 at 6:48 pm

Katie, I drive I-5 from Seattle to Olympia once a month or so and those same memories of seeing a glimpse of a movie from the backseat of my parents' car come flooding back every time I see those poplars still standing sentinel over a drive-in theater now long gone. Sad times.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 2, 2011 at 9:49 am

i have it parking 450 cars in 1956, it owned by William Forman as mentioned above by Katiemac.

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