Source: Andy Gray
Our family’s list of Johnson Construction Company projects lists the Marysville Drive-In as a "1946-47" job. However 1950 is the correct timeframe. My grandfather Al Johnson's nine slides of the project show the tower (screen) being raised and several views of the screen, projection/concession building, fences, ticket booth and other elements. All nine slides were taken in August and September 1950.
The first two slides are among the few in his collection that show drive-in tower framing being constructed onsite by bolting dimensional lumber together and then raising each upright into position by hand using ropes, and block and tackle (vs. prefabricated trusses or steel framing placed by a crane). The drive-in was demolished in 1988. The Cinema Treasures website says: "The theatre was listed as opening in the early-1950’s (50-51)."
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