Drive-in movie theater closes after 66 years
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.