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Harpersville AL reopens with a new name

The Harpersville (AL) Drive-In, which closed last year, reopened on October 8 this year, according to a story in the Shelby County Reporter. New owners Phillip and Stacy Padgett expanded the concession menu to add burgers and hot dogs, but the biggest change is the new name: The Twilight 280 Drive-In. One thing that hasn’t changed yet…

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Video update: Starlite still has sound problems

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Starlite Drive-In of Christiansburg VA and its problems with its neighbors. Or maybe it’s the neighbors who are having problems with the Starlite’s back-to-basics idea of providing movie sound using outdoor loudspeakers. Now there’s a new development that’s caught the attention of WSLS, Roanoke’s News Leader, and…

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Coyote opens in Lewisville TX

In the latest of this fall’s drive-in openings, this weekend the Coyote Drive-In chain added its third location, in Lewisville TX. This one has five screens and the usual Coyote mixture of restaurant, bar, and a modern movie experience. I had hoped to add some local TV video of the grand opening or at least some…

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Sokol Park jumps on football bandwagon

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Circle Drive-In (Dickson City PA) showing Monday Night Football and an annual Penn State game. Now the Omaha World-Herald lets us know that the new Sokol Park Drive-In of Bellevue NE is going to show the Nebraska football game this Saturday evening. The World-Herald said the park will…

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Manitoba’s Stardust looks back on a great year

We have Pembina Valley Online to thank for the latest drive-in retrospective. Marlene Nelson, the part-owner of the Stardust Drive-In, near Morden MB, described her first year with a digital projector as “phenomenal.” Although the new projector was installed just days before opening night, the Stardust Drive-In was open every weekend from May 21 to the close of the…

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