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Video: Tri-Way Pleads For Support

WNDU, South Bend IN’s News Leader, ran a story Saturday about the Tri-Way Drive-In Theatre in Plymouth. When it switched to digital projectors in 2015, the cost was about $300,000 to cover its four screens. Some of that came from fundraisers, and now owner David Kinney has a bit over two years left to pay back the $150,000 the…

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May 12: Wheel-In-Motor Movie Drive In, Port Townsend WA

It’s Day 132 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. It took about an hour to drive up the Quimper Peninsula from Bremerton WA to the Wheel-In-Motor Movie Drive In outside of Port Townsend. Ernie and Geneve Thompson carved a viewing area out of the forest and opened the Wheel-In in 1953. Their grandson and current manager Rick Wiley told KIRO radio, “We’re out…

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May 11: Rodeo Drive-In Theatre, Bremerton WA

It’s Day 131 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. It took less than an hour to drive from Shelton WA to the Rodeo Drive-In Theatre in Bremerton. According to the Rodeo’s history page, the original “Rodeo Motor Movies” was built in 1949 as a single-screen theater for over 600 cars. In 1977, the Rodeo was sold to Cascade/Seven Gables Cinemas, a small chain with headquarters…

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