Shoreline Drive-In

Oregon Coast Highway and Lower Smith River Road,
Bolon Island,
Reedsport, OR 97467

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Located on Bolon (aka Tideways) Island just north of Reedsport, OR at the confluence of the Smith River and Umpqua River, the Shoreline Drive-In was the property of the owner of the hard-top Pacific Theatre in downtown Reedsport.

The Shoreline Drive-In was built in the early-1950’s, but is gone now. It was a standard small-town drive-in, playing lesser A-list and lots of B-list movies, sometimes “burning off” required rentals in dusk-to-dawn marathons.

There was nothing special about the Shoreline Drive-In other than its location on an island. But it served the purposes of the local community, which included Reedsport, Gardiner, Winchester Bay and the dozens of farms in the surrounding area.

Contributed by Bill Warren

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Nale on December 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm

In the mid 1950s I worked for the owner, Earl Balthazar (sp?), doing a wide series of rather menial tasks. I took tickets, hauled in the boxes of candy, cleaned up after the ponies, changed the film names on the roadside sign, rewound films and sometimes met the truck that brought us new features to make the exchange.
It was not much, but it was “Show Biz” and a real thrill for a high school boy.

kencmcintyre on December 20, 2008 at 11:51 pm

In 1963 the owners were Leonard Swain and Lloyd Claver. Claver also owned the Rhododendron Drive-In in Florence, OR at that time.

NYozoner on December 9, 2016 at 12:23 am

US 101 at Lower Smit River Rd Reedsport, OR 97467

NYozoner on December 9, 2016 at 12:23 am

Should be “Lower Smith River Rd”

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