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Craigsville Drive-In Theatre

Craigsville WV

Closed Outdoor Theatre
Record #25564  
 Opened: 1956
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use:
 Demolished:
Capacity: 225 cars
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Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.

In 1956, the Craigsville Drive-In moved to a new location. The first screen was toppled by winds two years later, but its replacement lasted until 1978, when it was replaced by a sturdier all-steel model.

By this time, the drive-in was on its third set of proprietors. Richards had closed up shop and moved to Florida in 1959, leasing his theatre to Bob and Peggy Ward, who ran it for only one season.

The business was bought by Bida Hanna -- the owner of the lot -- and her son James, who made many improvements and reopened on 5/4/61. A new projection/concession/seating area was built in September 1962, and 1963's new ticket office contained a bed for the manager's children to nap on.

Carhop service was discontinued in 1970, and the premises were remodeled in 1975. A new automated projection system arrived in 1995, and James and Olive Hanna continued to run the Craigsville Drive-In.



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Last featured 6/19/2005. Last edited 6/19/2005.

 
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