Lacey Drive-In

700 Sleater-Kinney Road SE,
Lacey, WA 98503

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This local landmark was built by the Art Zabel family, who continued to operate it until 1978, when it was sold to Tom Moyer’s Luxury Theaters of Portland, Oregon. Luxury Theaters operated it until it closed. A Fred Meyer store and retail strip mall have since replaced it.

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kateymac01
kateymac01 on October 14, 2005 at 12:27 pm

When did this drive-in close?

KenLayton
KenLayton on October 14, 2005 at 2:32 pm

In November 1981 there was a huge windstorm that blew down the left one-third of the screen. Theater closed and sat for several years before being torn down.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 1, 2008 at 7:28 am

Here are some photos and a grand opening ad from 1953.

KenLayton
KenLayton on February 1, 2008 at 10:57 am

I contributed some of the photos and information to Arthur Allen’s Drive-ins of Western Washington site.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Car capacity in 1975 was 500.

KenLayton
KenLayton on June 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

The checkstands of the Fred Meyer store entrance “A” approximate where the screen tower once stood.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Link to an aerial photo of the Lacey drive-in taken in 1957.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/58299528@N05/5375694066/in/photostream

KenLayton
KenLayton on December 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Screen tower was all wood construction with telephone poles as the main support. The picture area was 40 feet by 94 feet with a flat black masking border painted on it. The tower did not angle toward the ramps. It was straight. The face of the picture area was all asbestos tiles.

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