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Your Drive-In Theatre

Photo from the Arthur Allen collection
720 Seventh Ave
Longview WA 98632

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #2521  
 Opened: 1950
 Closed: 1997
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Felthous.

"The Drive-in," as the locals called it, was built by a group of Longview businessmen. Before it opened, Sterling Theaters, which owned all the other theaters in the area and which was very predatory, intimidated the builders with threats of preventing them from getting films. They sold to Sterling.

In October 1962, "the drive-in" was mostly demolished by a huge windstorm. (The sign survived, however, and some wag put "GONE MIT THE WIND" on the readerboard.) The theater was repaired and was open by the next spring.

A few years later a second screen was added, and the official name became Your Twin Drive-In. The theater mostly played second-run double features, but in its last it showed first-run features, duplicating what was playing at the hard-tops in town.

When Sterling sold out to Cineplex Odeon it retained the Longview drive-in. Cineplex didn't want most of the company's outdoor theaters. The property was eventually sold and the theater torn down. A Home Depot occupies the site.

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1995 photos from The Evil Sam Graham collection.

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