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Valley 6 Drive-In was nearly last of its kind

Friday, April 5, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

It’s the end of an era for King County outdoor cinema buffs.
   Auburn’s Valley 6 Drive-In Theatres appear to be closed for good. The Auburn Reporter noted on March 24 that employee messages posted to a website say 2012 was indeed the final fling for the starlit cinema, which opened in 1968. The Valley 6 was one of just a handful of drive-ins remaining in Washington state, and it was the last one left near the urban Seattle area.
   I suppose people like me didn't help keep the Valley 6 open. The Reporter quoted its original owners as saying, "We sold out because you stopped coming." My own family last went there way back in 1997 when our kids wanted to see Austin Powers.
   Everett’s Puget Park Drive-In was demolished in 2010, and Wenatchee’s Vue-Dale Drive-In closed in October of that year. But a few die-hards remain in business, including the Rodeo Triplex in Port Orchard and the Blue Fox in Oak Harbor. Read about the Valley 6 demise in this Auburn Reporter article. Also, have fun browsing through this listing of Puget Sound-area theaters and drive-ins, past and present.

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personnola merkel07/15/2013 12:48 PM
I am so sad to see it go . hadhoped to take the grandkids to the movies this summer ..it was a big part of my life as a teenager and as a single mom . i could take my kids and their friends and get out of the house for enjoyment . was practically there every weekend .  i will truly miss the place and to see housing and gas station, stores on the land will be very sad day for me ...

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