Town helps Skowhegan glow

The Skowhegan Drive-In got some help from the town of Skowhegan ME to restore one of its original neon signs, and CentralMaine.com let us know all about it. Theater owner Don Brown had already done a lot of restoration work since buying the place in 2012. He said he’s tried to stay as close as possible to the…

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Northfield closes 2014 with a wedding

The Recorder of Greenfield MA ran an article recapping the 2014 season for the no-longer-endangered Northfield Drive-In, just barely across the border from Northfield MA in Hinsdale NH. But the Recorder buried the lede: The Northfield will cap off the season with a special private affair – a wedding. Northfield owner Mitchell Shakour was quoted as…

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Drive-ins used to be big in Durango

The Durango Herald ran a great story yesterday that outlined a thorough history of drive-in theaters in Durango CO. It starts with the Basin Drive-in on Main Avenue in 1950, which was apparently its first year. “If the drive-in was open before that, which appears unlikely, it wasn’t advertised in the Herald,” wrote columnist John Peel…

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Fort Union reopens with digital projector

It’s so exciting to find some seriously good news about one of the drive-ins closest to our hearts. The Fort Union Drive-In in Las Vegas NM has reopened for the 2014 season with a new digital projector, which should ensure its continued existence for decades to come. This great news comes from the Santa Fe…

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Without film, Hi-Way faces tough choices

The Daily Freeman of Hudson Valley NY ran a story that I expect to see duplicated in dozens of other towns. Now that the Hollywood studios have stopped supplying film prints of their movies, the Hi-Way of Coxsackie has to decide what it’s going to do about the coming drive-in season. According to the Daily…

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