Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Moonlight Drive-In

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One of our readers, by the name of Rich, sent in this great set of photos. Here's what he had to say about it:

A year ago June I found a deserted drive-in theater called the Moonlite Drive-In in Wyoming Valley. I think the place closed sometime in the late 70's (judging from the smiley face on its sign). The screen & projection building are in amazing shape, the lot mostly covered with small trees & brush.

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"Keep Right," the sign says, directing customers to the lot. Rich says that road is now covered with trees and brush.

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One of my favorites. The sign reading "Pick up Your Carry Tray Here" looks as good as new.

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Front of the main building shows the projectionist windows and a pipe rail to keep people out of the movie projection's path.

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My personal favorite out of this set. The projectors are still standing!

Many thanks to Rich for letting us post his pictures here. If you'd like to see your photos on ForgottenPA, just send an email to spampoet0023@yahoo.com with links or attachments. Descriptions are helpful!

8 comments:

bluecapriethan said...

Great photos. It's a shame how many of the old drive-in movie theaters are now abandoned sites. I was beginning to wonder when the next update would be. I am glad to hear you guys are still exploring and am glad to see the photos and explorations of others on this site. Somewhere I have a picture or 2 of Michter's Distillery my wife took as I drove by slowly. I have my digital camera back from repair so once I get some free weekends, I should go snap some pictures of abandoned or forgotten places.

Al Ebaster said...

Blue, you know we'd love to host any of your photos, if you're interested. You have a real knack for finding good local abandonments -- better than we do, for sure.

And yeah, the abandoned drive-ins really are a shame. I've had some great times at the local ones that were (maybe still are) operational at the time. And of course, there are one or two abandoned drive-ins just going north on 61 toward Centralia.

bluecapriethan said...

I finally found my pictures of Michter's and it turns out they are on film and not on my digital camera. My wife and I are planning a day up at Middle Creek soon so I may shoot over there and get some digital pictures I can send you. Also, when I get a chance, I can take a few pictures of what is left of the massive asbestos plant at the south end of Manheim. 2 years ago they tore down 95% of it, but there's still some neat stuff left.

Corker2 said...

Like everyone else has said, it's a total shame that all of the once very popular Drive-In's are now gone.

I don't really know how old you are, but I remember them very well from my High School day's. We had one here in Reading, PA named the Reading Drive In Theater. Was a real nice place us teenagers could go to with a date. It only cost .75 cents back then to see a movie. I was at this Drive In quite a few times. The whole thing was torn down to make way for a Sam's Club. Nothing remains. You have to know what was once there.

There is also another one that is up near Dear Lake, PA. It, also, has faded into history. Not much left there. I think that even the old sign is gone or is just a rusted piece of metal.

I'm really sorry that these had to fade into History. I've had such good times at these. Sometimes, we went to the Drive-In with our Dates, but who was watching what was playing!

Glen said...

I remember going to the Moonlight Drive-in as a kid. I'm fairly certain it closed in the mid 80's. I always hoped it would open up again someday.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting these pics! I am related to the people who use to own the moonlite in West Wyoming. They're names were Jimmy, Joe, and Santo Rizzo. They were my great uncles. My grandfather John Rizzo was a their brother and he owned the Golden Eagle Diner, and Rizzo's Restaurant in Exeter. My dad's two cousins both named Sam have been trying to sell it for a while, but no luck. I wish they would open it again.
Thank you again!
Dan Rizzo

marc said...

i am trying to locate the owner of this drive in to talk to him/her about a lease/purchase agreement if anyone can point me in the right direction as far as contacting the owners it would be greatly appreciated you can email me any info at kleymeister@hotmail.com

Darek said...

To Dan Rizzo! Please get in touch with me ASAP! I'd like to buy this lot and turn it into an outdoor concert venue! how much are they asking for? Lemme know soon! csimkonis@roundcowrecords.com, (570)240-2860 Thanks, Chris.

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