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Drive-in makes National Register

Aug 4, 2014

Oregon Public Broadcasting

But there's more to celebrate. The theater has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Diana Painter, of the state Historic Preservation Office, said the theater represents a nostalgic reminder of a bygone era.  “One of the reasons the 99W Drive-in is so special is because there are only three left in the state of Oregon,” she said.

But the drive-in has also adapted to changing technology.  Owner Brian Francis got a new digital projector last year.

During warmer months, movies continue to play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And they continued to draw a crowd.

The secret?

“Drive-ins are all different, Francis said. "You go to another drive-in this state or any other state, they're all, like, unique, different, little different places.

"And this is one of them. That's the reward I get out of it."

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