White River Drive-In

1100 N. Main Street,
White River Junction, VT 05001

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White River Drive-In

The White River Drive-In was opened June 12, 1952 with Dana Andrews in “Canyon Passage” & Claudette Colbert in “Let’s Make It Legal”. It was operated by Interstate Theatres out of Boston, MA. The White River Drive-In was closed in 1986.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm

There is a history of movie theaters in White River Junction in the May 1994 issue of the Hartford (VT) Historical Society, written by member James Kenison. (The March 1995 issue has more info.) The White River Drive-In was built by Allard Graves who had opened the Lyric Theatre downtown in 1924. The Drive-In was located at the intersection of Route 5 and Sykes Avenue. Allard Graves was with Interstate Theatres. In 1965, both the Drive-In and the Lyric were sold to a local company. The White River Drive-In was closed in 1986, according to this article.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on November 7, 2018 at 8:40 am

Opened with “Canyon passage” and “Let’s make it legal”.

jwmovies
jwmovies on February 3, 2019 at 9:47 pm

A more accurate address for this theater is 1100 N Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001. This points to the corner of N Main and Sykes Mountain. The billboard next to McDonald’s is where the entrance road stood. The drive itself is the bank east of this and the southeast of the bank. Believe it or not, the screen foundation is still there.

Please update.

Kenmore
Kenmore on February 3, 2019 at 11:30 pm

The billboard which sits at the corner of Sykes Mountain Avenue and North Main Street which is next to the McDonald’s may have been part of the original marquee or sits very close the to same spot. Given its unusual support structure, it’s possible, although not confirmed.

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