Two NY drive-ins face uncertain off-season

The Daily Mail of Hudson NY recently ran a lengthy, thoughtful article profiling its two nearby drive-in theaters. The Hi-Way (Coxsackie) and Greenville (Greenville) were candidates in Honda’s Project Drive-In, and they were among the over 100 drive-ins that failed to win a free digital projector. Both owners sound ambivalently positive about their prospects for reopening next…

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Tiny drive-in scores a digital projector

Here’s a wonderful little story from ABC, the Australian Broadcast Corporation. The tiny Queensland town of Jericho (population 370) has an even tinier drive-in (36 cars), which has stayed in operation since 1969. Like drive-ins everywhere, it needed to upgrade to a digital projection system to continue showing Hollywood’s finest films. Unlike most other drive-ins,…

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First and last Wyoming drive-in endures

The Los Angeles Times gave us quite a gift this week with its profile of the American Dream Drive-In of Powell WY. There’s a great video (too bad I can’t embed it here) plus a lengthy story of the history of the American Dream, which opened in 1949 as Wyoming’s first drive-in theater and is…

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Grand opening photo takes us back to 1950

Over in The News-Herald of Southgate MI, guest writer Wallace Hayden starts with the 1950 grand opening photo of the Fort Drive-In in nearby Wyandotte. Then Hayden, the historical librarian at the Bacon Memorial District Library, weaves a thorough, interesting tale of the Fort in particular and drive-ins in general. (You’ll have to click the link…

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Enjoy Sarasota FL’s drive-in history

Jeff Lahurd gave us all a present in the Sunday edition of the Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune. Lahurd outlined what might be the full history of the five drive-in theaters in Sarasota and the three in nearby Bradenton. Although the article often veers into explanations for those poor souls who have never experienced a drive-in, it…

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One-car crash damages Transit marquee

See what happens when you book Gremlins! According to a very brief story in The Buffalo (NY) News, a car drove into a utility pole next to the marquee for the Transit Drive-In in nearby South Lockport, burst into flames and severely damaged the marquee. The News said that no one was injured and the…

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