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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Springfield Drive-In: A Study in Slow Decay

The Springfield Drive-In was the first outdoor theater to open in that Midwestern city – sometime during the early 1950s, I believe. It closed during the early 1980s, after 30 years of intermission jingles and dubious picture and sound quality. The first image is of the concession stand as it was about five years into its abandonment – around 1988. 

As it turns out, the building is still standing. So below are two more shots of this ghost of cheap Midwestern entertainment, retrofitted for commercial storage years ago.

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures, I would love to see this in person. I always wanted to open up a drive-in movie theater, there are none these days. It was turned into commercial storage?