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Starlight drivein screen demo

Discussion in 'Demolition' started by Ronsii, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Ronsii

    Ronsii Senior Member

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    Around here this was an iconic drivein theater, very sad to see it go :(

    Been watching as one of the bigger demo outfits started demoing a local drivein movie theater a few weeks ago. Usually drive by it on the weekends early in the morning... every week they bring in bigger stuff :)

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    This saturday they had a couple of long reach machines in there to start on the big screen!
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    starlight-demo05.jpg Sad to see it get taken down, have a lot of good memories from there in the good ole days :)

    I don't know any of the guys from the demo outfit otherwise I'd try to get more pics for you guys...
     
  2. Mother Deuce

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    Around 1986 one vanished about 65 miles north on 99 from the Starlight... yep the good old days. (deep sigh)
     
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    You got it Mother, very big sigh.

    We lost ours years ago, early 80's.

    Friday night at the passion pit in the 70's.

    First time I saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show was at the drive in.

    Yep, the good old days is right.
     
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    The Valley Drive-in got taken down a year of more ago. Same feeling!
     
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  5. Mother Deuce

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    Really! Auburn or Nob Hill?
     
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    I think my first born was conceived at a drive in. :D
     
  7. Ronsii

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    Valley 6 was demoed in 2013 I think.
     
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    It was Auburn. The grounds are still there but I believe will soon become houses. Left a speaker in the window in the car one night when pulling out. The window of the old 57 Chevy 210 was stronger than the cord. I should have kept both those.
     
  9. Ronsii

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    Yeah, I bet there were a lot of car windows that won the tug-o-war ;)


    Drove by the Starlight this morning again... pretty much only thing left standing is the sign :(
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    Machines are still there.
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    Lots of rubble to move out now.
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    Speaking about Drive-Ins we still have one that has been going since 1947, I actually spent a couple summers mowing the lawn out front and helped the owner at that time replaced the projectors. He also owned another Drive-In east of town and a small indoor theater down town. Both of those are long gone.
     
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    There’s the Blue Fox drive-in on Whidbey Island. They had a fundraiser a few years back so they could upgrade to digital projection.
    Don’t recall the cost but it was high enough that they couldn’t have stayed open without the public’s support.
     
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    Our drive in still stands....covered in steel siding so it looks good. The parking area is driving range for the golf course next door.
    I think the owner lets it stand as an "up yours" salute for all the years of crap he endured while it was open.

    Back in the day cars would be backed up on the freeway waiting to get in friday and saturday evenings.

    Amazing how popular a big screen porn drive in was.

    Ed
     
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    I worked in Freeland for year... where is the Blue Fox? Oak Harbor?
     
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    Thanks for the link. I bought a Jeep SJ Cherokee Chief from a guy in that first house on Monroe Landing Rd. about 10 years ago. I had forgotten about the drive in.
     
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    Well drove by early saturday and they ere still cleaning up the site.
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    They had also brought in a crusher and stacker for dealing with all the footing demo.
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    Drove by again this sunday morning and they had finished with the footings.
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    Went by this morning and all the concrete is gone plus they have the main parking area graded flat.
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