North York Drive-In calls it quits

Twilight at the North York Drive-InEven as we celebrate the unexpectedly large number of drive-ins that have weathered the storm of converting to digital projection, we need to pause and recognize those that aren’t going to make it. As CityNews Toronto tells us, the North York Drive-In announced that it will not be reopening this season, and apparently forever. The North York is between Holland Landing and Sharon north of Toronto.

On its Facebook page, the Murrell family wrote, “Regrettably the drive-in will not be open this summer 2013. Thank you for 58 years of support.” (Actually, the Murrell family used all caps, but I thought I’d spare you.) ““Unfortunately due to development and changes to digital film we are unable to continue the tradition this year. It is with much regret that we say goodbye to summer evenings at North York.”

CityNews Toronto wrote that it couldn’t reach anyone from the North York for further comment. How sad it is to see another great drive-in fade away.

Update: The Toronto Star ran a story quoting Mark Murrell, the owner’s son. “Yes, it is sad for all of us,” he said. “It was my dad’s life.” The Star article also discusses digital conversion and the future of other Ontario drive-ins, so you probably ought to go read it!