Sunset Drive-In

2050 Washington State Route 26,
Othello, WA 99344

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Sunset Drive-In

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One source states the drive in was opened on March 12, 1952, it started out as a mainstream drive-in and showed movies for all ages. One newspaper advertisement dated September 21, 1951 shows that they showed a new movie every day that way, sometimes offering a double feature. The advertisement would also mean that it existed in 1951 and may have been around earlier.

By the mid-1970’s, it had started showing adult films. Townspeople had complained due to ‘community standards’. The film that was cited as offensive was “The Resort Girls” (from 1971). By the spring of 1977, had gone back to showing family-oriented films. The drive-in closed in 1985.

The drive-in was technically at the end of S. 7th Avenue, which cuts off right before Washington State Route 26.

Contributed by John Book
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