Moonlite Drive-In

4010 Meridian Street,
Bellingham, WA 98226

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Previously operated by: SRO Theaters

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Moonlite Drive-In

One of three drive-in theaters in Bellingham, Washington. The Moonlite Drive-In was opened on July 11, 1953. It was closed in 1977. Demolished in 1978 or 1979 to make way for a shopping center.

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Seattleprojectionist on October 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I’m surprised that no has mentioned the Viking Twin indoor which was build behind the screen tower of the Moonlite. The theater was open as late as December, 1978. I took a date there to see the original Superman movie. In think it was gone by about 1980 or so. I was working as a projectionist in the next town to the South (Mt. Vernon) and knew John Stanovich the chief projectionist there. He was also the Business Agent for the Projectionists Union in Bellingham. They ran all three screens in the Summer and dropped down to just the indoor screens after the DI season was over. With a cut in pay when the Moonlite closed for the season.

jshafia on October 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm

My Grandfather Arnold Larson, built and owned the Motor Vu and the Moonlite and later built the Viking Twin indoor. He later sold everything because he refused to play “R” rated movies. I remember working and playing at the drive-ins in the 60s.

rivest266 on September 1, 2019 at 1:53 pm

This opened on July 11th, 1953. Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock on September 2, 2019 at 8:30 am

Opened with a Tom and Jerry cartoon(Cat and Mermouse), a short subject(Fighting cahoes?), and “Showboat”.

davidcoppock on September 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

The site is now an auto glass shop(Satelite Autoglass).

rivest266 on September 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Last season: 1977.

Jamey_monroe45 on July 12, 2023 at 7:22 pm

Now WinCo grocery store. SafeLite was next to the entrance. North of Meridian Village shopping center.

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