• Drive-in movie theater closes after 66 years
    July 08,2014
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    Drive-in closes

    after 66 years

    ST. ALBANS — A 66-year-old drive-in movie theater in St. Albans, Vermont, has closed for good.

    Harold Ryan Jr. tells the St. Albans Messenger he was just 2 years old when his parents built the theater in 1948, and it was just the second theater of its kind in Vermont at the time. Admission was a quarter per person and children under 12 were free.

    When the theater was first opened, Ryan’s father would rent movies from a distributor and the movies were on reels that had to be spliced together. Last year, distributors stopped shipping movies on reels and moved to a digital format, forcing theater owners to upgrade their projectors. That didn’t happen at the drive-in.

    The property is up for sale.
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