East Sprague Drive-In

6200 E. Sprague Avenue,
Spokane, WA 99212

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East Sprague Drive-In

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The start of construction of the East Sprague Drive-In was first announced in the Spokane Daily Chronicle on July 26, 1949. Favorite Theatres, who ran three indoor theaters in the city and two in Salt Lake City, Utah, was the builder. However the president of the firm, Joseph Rosenfield, said that this operation was his own personal project.

The 1,000-car theater opened on September 17, 1949 as Spokane’s third drive-in movie. The opening double bill was Esther Williams in “This Time For Keeps” and John Garfield in “Force Of Evil". In 1965 the drive-in was a first in offering in-car heaters so the theater was able to stay open year-round.

From 1972 to 1986 the drive-in was listed under SRO Theaters until Cineplex Odeon bought SRO in December of 1986 and when it opened in the spring it was charging $5.00 a carload. There was still another change when Act III Theatres bought Cineplex Odeon’s Spokane theatres in 1992.

The East Sprague Drive-In’s advertisements disappeared from the theater listings in September of 1993 and the Daily Chronicle said it was being closed to make room for a freeway interchange. Today part of the former site of the drive-in is occupied by a self-storage facility and its restored sign is on display at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 14, 2012 at 7:05 am

Uploaded opening day ad

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm

There are some pictures of this theater’s signage on its gallery page at Drive-ins.com.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 15, 2012 at 9:21 am

Uploaded aerial from 1994

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 28, 2012 at 1:05 am

Address above is incorrect. Approx, address for this drive-in was 214 South Eastern Road. The address above is in between the freeway on and off ramps.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 28, 2012 at 5:23 am

I checked both addresses and they both point to the location of the DI. Maybe, before the I-90 interchange was built, the East Sprague address was the correct original address.

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