Is There a Way to Bring Drive-In Movies Back Right Now?
I sure wish that drive-in movies could make a come back right about now! Everyone seems to be going stir crazy in this coronavirus pandemic lockdown and jumping in the car to go see a movie would be a delight!
It seems I am not alone in wishing someone could set up a make-shift drive-in movie around here in Yakima, at least that's what I gathered from a few of the posts seen in the "Yakima Memories" Facebook group.
- Fruitvale Drive-In at South 18th Ave and Fruitvale Boulevard. The theater was demolished in 1985. There is a car lot that owns the site now and they kept the old drive-in sign visible for nostalgia's sake.
- Country Drive-In at 43rd Ave and West Nob Hill Boulevard. It shut down in 2001 and the site was demolished in 2003. Part of the old drive-in lot now belongs to Apple Valley Dental.
- A Drive-in was located on Castlevale Rd near 34th Ave. I cannot locate any information about it, though.
- Tower Drive-In was in the location of the Panera Bread restaurant in Union Gap.
Did I leave any of the old drive-ins out on the list?
I wonder if we could get our movie theaters in town to create a substitute Drive-In movie theater! There are plenty of parking spaces on the back wall of the theater facing North 16th Ave; maybe they could start projecting movies on it?
Whadda think about that idea?