May 8: Milton-Freewater Drive-In Theater, Milton-Freewater OR

It’s Day 128 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. The fastest way to get from La Grande OR to Milton-Freewater wasn’t the shortest way, but an hour and a half later I arrived at the Milton-Freewater Drive-In Theater. I was fortunate to find another drive-in video profile, this time for the M-F. (It’s sometimes called the Milton-Freewater, sometimes the…

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Dallas OR’s Motor Vu Throws In the Towel

One of America’s best drive-in theaters, as voted by the readers of USA Today, has announced that it won’t be reopening for 2017. The Motor Vu of Dallas OR recognized last year that encroaching residential development might result in this shutdown, and the owners had hoped that a crowdfunding program would give them a reprieve…

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Videos capture the end of Motor Vu’s season

Was it the final weekend of 2016, or forever? Only time will tell the fate of the Motor Vu of Dallas OR. In any case, KATU, Portland’s News Leader, was there for a live report from the packed drive-in. Jeff Mexico, co-owner of Motor Vu, said the landowner wants over $1 million. After announcing on Facebook…

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Final weekend ever for Oregon’s Motor Vu?

We have to take the bad with the good. Although it’s been great to hear about a few drive-ins opening or re-opening this fall, that’s because this is more typically drive-in closing season. Sad news this week comes from Dallas OR, where the Motor Vu‘s operators have let us know that this coming weekend will…

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Project Drive-In roundup 4: The list that wouldn’t die

In the third installment of our roundup of candidates for Honda’s Project Drive-In, I predicted that Honda would choose more than five lucky recipients of digital projectors. What I really didn’t anticipate was that Honda would reopen voting for the second set of winners. With another round of voting comes another round of candidates that…

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