Blue Fox Drive-In

1403 Monroe Landing Road,
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

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The Blue Fox Drive-In opened in 1959 with Pat Boone in “April Love”. It had a capacity for 280 cars. This drive-in remains open today.

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KenLayton
KenLayton on March 21, 2007 at 6:14 pm

Theater is open year round and only close for a week or so at Christmas time. They show cartoons before the feature during the peak of the season.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 7, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Here is a September 2008 article about a Girl Scout invasion:
http://tinyurl.com/4zp48e

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 1, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Here is another photo of the sign:
http://tinyurl.com/axnn9f

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

Very interesting photo ken mc.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on March 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

The Blue Fox is the first Washington drive-in to open with digital projection. A fantastic picture on screen. I like the new pre-show, they will add some variety in the next few months. My last 2 trips here have been in late winter. I’ve been happily surprised to see the turnout in such cold conditions.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

An old obituary in the Whidbey News-Times says the Blue Fox was built and owned by Woodrow “Woody” Cecil and his wife Charlotte. Another article said Woody “partnered with George Dickson” to build it.

A 2006 article there said Darrell and Lori Bratt purchased the theater in 1988. In 1990, it switched to FM sound. The screen went down in a 1998 windstorm, but obviously they fixed that.

There’s a superb drone video of the place on YouTube.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 14, 2017 at 1:49 am

Is there actually an animal called blue fox?

SteveFratelli
SteveFratelli on May 14, 2017 at 10:55 am

The Blue Fox Drive-In got their named from the recently closed Blue Fox Drive-In Restaurant. The neon sign was available, so they took it.
These days, there is a Blue Fox mascot at the drive-in that shows up around town for parades and stuff.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 25, 2019 at 3:29 pm

KIRO radio’s MyNorthwest ran an article celebrating the Blue Fox’s 60th birthday. For folks who care about these things, its first movie was April Love with Pat Boone and Shirley Jones. The article also included co-owner Darrell Bratt’s elaboration of SteveFratelli’s naming story.

“The reason it’s called the Blue Fox, from what I understand from the original owner, was when he built the place in ’59 he didn’t have a name for it,” Bratt recalled. “He contacted a sign company to build a sign for him. The maker of the sign says, ‘I’ve got a deal for you if you’re not picky on your name.’ He had a sign that was the Blue Fox Drive-In, you know the old drive-in restaurants. He goes, ‘It’s a repossessed sign, so if you call it that I can make you a heck of a deal on a sign!’ That’s how it got the name of the Blue Fox drive-in.”

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