Midway Drive-In

100 Indianola Road,
Eureka, CA 95524

450 cars

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jwmovies
jwmovies on October 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

If that is the Midway, what is the name of the drive-in around the corner @ Myrtle & Lily? You can still see part of the ramps.

ozoner
ozoner on July 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Just had a flash memory. Our old projectionist pointed out a steel I-beam to me one night on the west end of the booth. There were shards of glass stuck in it. That’s ¼ inch plate at six feet away. Back before Lexan shields in the lamp houses, the xenon bulb was open, unprotected inside the housing. One little impurity, such as a finger print, and the bulb was history. He had one actually melt, and BLOW UP one night, blowing off the door to the housing, and sticking the glass shrapnel in the beam. As far as I know, it just might still be there. Just an old memory from an old Ozoner. Thanks again for remembering the old place. John.

ozoner
ozoner on July 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Larry, Mike, Sam and all.
Thanks for remembering the old Midway Drive-In. It would surely be interesting to hear from some of the people that had worked there and cared for it over the years, but like you said, getting people together that really cared for the experience, rather than just a paycheck are two totally different things. I have just relocated to the Denver area, where we still have an operating drive-in, the 88, up in Commerce City. I am also planning an overnight trip to Nucla,CO and look up the old Uranium Drive-In. With a name like that, I have to have a peek. Thanks again.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 7, 2010 at 1:14 am

MikeRogers……‘Cause we lived it, not dreamed it’ How right you are. Unfortunatly, I have learned that there some of us who actually get theatre exhibition in “the blood”, but others, the majority of course, who had nothing more than a job that really means nothing to them. It seems their lives go in different directions and never really share the same feelings others do. People who I thought shared my “theatre feelings” usually change the subject whenever I bring up the good old theatre days. Very sad.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

Thanks for the photos SiliconSam.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

Good luck trying to get old theatre employees to talk.this from a guy who just had nice theatre reunion back in the fall of 2009.Told old stories for hours.Then mentioned Cinema Treasures and how we could all talk about each of the theatres and here it is 2010 and not a single one has gotten on.It drives you crazy.Someone will take the time to meet at a nice steak house for a couple of hours of theatre talk and then not get on CT.I enjoy reading old theatre employees posts more than any other post on CT.Cause We lived it,not dreamed it.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 5, 2010 at 2:08 am

Several photos of the closed Midway here:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/35894562

ozoner
ozoner on July 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Nice to see some interest in the old drive in. I am wondering if there are any ex-employees on here that might relate stories. I worked at the Midway from 1981 to the cloing night in 1986, shutting off the marquee on the way home. That was a sad night. Anyone out there work at the Midway back in the day?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 14, 2008 at 7:32 am

I understand that you found the photo without the text. That happens to me alot. But your photo link and mine both point to the exact same source.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 14, 2008 at 7:27 am

Right. But when I found the picture it was posted with no identifying information. Someone must have lifted it from that blog and posted it online. If it said Ohio I probably would not have put it on the Eureka page.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 14, 2008 at 7:24 am

Both photos come from the same website, blog.sixwise.com.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 14, 2008 at 7:22 am

It wasn’t that source, as far as I recall. My source didn’t give a location, just the photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 14, 2008 at 7:11 am

The photo in the link posted by ken mc on Aug 17, 2007 at 11:32pm is obviously not this drive-in. Its not even in this State. I don’t know the method he used to find that photo, but this is the same photo from the same source with the following text “Abandoned drive-in theater in Ohio”.

RedwoodResearcher
RedwoodResearcher on February 13, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Hey Ken, nope, doesn’t look like the Eureka Midway. Here: View link is a picture of it in 1955. I’ll get a more modern shot of it in the next couple of days.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 17, 2007 at 11:32 pm

I would like to say that this is the Eureka Midway, but I can’t. In fact, I have no idea where this forlorn theater was located. If someone comes across this and recognizes it, let us know:
http://tinyurl.com/34fg5b

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 16, 2006 at 1:17 pm

On 4/23/56, the Midway was showing Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief”, with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, along with co-feature “Finger Man”, a gangster movie. The phone number was HI 2-3370. Other local theaters at that time were the Rialto, State, Fortuna, Arcata and Eureka.