2804 W. Kennewick Avenue,
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When the town of Kennewick, Washington was much smaller in the 1940’s, it had its own drive-in theater in an area known as the Highlands, on what used to be the outskirts/edge of the town on Highway 410. Not sure of the actual year, but archives for the Tri-City Herald show that the drive-in was around in the mid-1940’s and was put there by Mid-State Theaters out of Chicago. It then went to SRO in the mid-1960’s. Outside of movies, the drive-in also used to hold church services occasionally.
The Hi-Land Drive-In (also credited as Hiland in movie ads) seems to have been built twice, or at least one article in the Tri-City Herald archives states it was rebuilt in the early-1950’s. Another says that its screen was upgraded in that time period.
Eventually, there was interest in the land where the drive-in once was, and it was sold in early-1976 before being demolished that year. In its place would be the Highlands Shopping Center, and the entrance was where Carl’s Jr. stands today.
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