Abingdon’s Moonlite Theatre Revived

The Moonlite Drive-In Movie Theatre, a local Abingdon landmark, started having movie equipment issues in 2013, which resulted in the Theatre to close in September. Projectors and film conversions are hard investments for older movie theaters that do not have the newest equipment on the market for showing movies. However, the Moonlite has been reopened under new management. The Moonlite received its new management, as well as a new owner, earlier this year. Owner Kyle Blevins wants the Theatre to look like it did originally in the 1950s and 1960s. He wants to go back to showing movies but also include other events taking place at the historically known Drive-In such as concerts, music festivals, and car shows.

The Moonlite received its new management, as well as a new owner, earlier this year. Owner Kyle Blevins wants the Theatre to look like it did originally in the 1950s and 1960s. He wants to go back to showing movies but also include other events taking place at the historically known Drive-In such as concerts, music festivals, and car shows.Blevins started posting on the Moonlite’s Facebook page by sharing the Drive-In’s GoFundMe account to raise money for restoring the property and to buy new projection equipment. Main reasons for the continued maintenance and use of the Theatre are that it is a registered historical property in Virginia and a nationally recognized property.

Blevins started posting on the Moonlite’s Facebook page by sharing the Drive-In’s GoFundMe account to raise money for restoring the property and to buy new projection equipment. Main reasons for the continued maintenance and use of the Theatre are that it is a registered historical property in Virginia and a nationally recognized property. The famous Moonlite Drive-In sign on the backside of the projection screen which faces the entrance to the Drive-In was relit on Oct. 1 of this year. Once the Theatre was good to go, Blevins posted a live video on Facebook of the Moonlite Drive-In sign lighting.

The famous Moonlite Drive-In sign on the backside of the projection screen which faces the entrance to the Drive-In was relit on Oct. 1 of this year. Once the Theatre was good to go, Blevins posted a live video on Facebook of the Moonlite Drive-In sign lighting. Local residents of Abingdon and Bristol helped the Moonlite’s new owner by helping mow the grass around the Drive-In lot and the entrance, which they continued to do during work days throughout October.

Local residents of Abingdon and Bristol helped the Moonlite’s new owner by helping mow the grass around the Drive-In lot and the entrance, which they continued to do during work days throughout October. Blevins has had many fundraisers going on to help raise money for the Drive-In to be restored, including selling the old bulbs from the sign that were replaced by new bulbs. The movie projector came on after three years on Oct. 20. On Oct. 21-22, the Drive-In had a fundraiser by showing a movie and selling concessions.

Blevins has had many fundraisers going on to help raise money for the Drive-In to be restored, including selling the old bulbs from the sign that were replaced by new bulbs. The movie projector came on after three years on Oct. 20. On Oct. 21-22, the Drive-In had a fundraiser by showing a movie and selling concessions. The Moonlite Drive-In Theatre projected its last movie on 35mm and of the season on Nov. 12. During the off

The Moonlite Drive-In Theatre projected its last movie on 35mm and of the season on Nov. 12. During the off season Blevins plans on still working on renovations for next year.
The Moonlite Drive-In Movie Theatre in Abingdon, VA was built in 1949. The drive-in fad began in the 1950s and lasted through the 1980s. Once sit-in movie theaters and movie rental stores became popular, the Moonlite Drive-In Movie Theatre still thrived.

– Olivia Kinser

 

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