Twin City Drive-In

1555 S. Gold Street,
Chehalis, WA 98532

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Located on S. Gold Street between Centralia and Chehalis. The Twin City Drive-In was opened prior to October 1950, when it was operated by Robert S. Clark of Saffle Theatre Services, Seattle.

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KenLayton
KenLayton on October 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

Arthur Allen’s “Drive In Theaters of Western Washington” website had tons of drive in theater pictures. Unfortunately, it was hosted on GeoCities and disappeared several years ago. A mirror of it is here with some additional pictures of the Twin City Drive-In theater:

http://www.oocities.org/hollywood/Pavillion/2216/TwinCity.html

Granted, not all of the pictures got archived, but lots of information is still there.

tsaffle
tsaffle on April 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

My family owned this great Drive-in during the 70’s. On the weekends we would stay the night at a motel and work the different shifts available. My Mom, sisters, and grandmother made and sold food. My brother and I would walk the grounds with walk talkies looking for people sneaking in. Dad was stuck with the paperwork. I used to collect all of the expired movie posters and still have most of them which I love!

Great memories of a tradition lost.

tsaffle
tsaffle on April 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I actually was able to locate the marquee through a gentleman named Duke Roorda (I think) and had arranged to recover it from him. In-time I lost his contact info, but if anyone knows of his whereabouts let me know!!!!

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I have Duke Rorda’s phone numbers. Email me at

KenLayton
KenLayton on January 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm

I have added a hand drawn map that I made of the property layout to the photos page for this theater.

50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on April 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

The Twin City Drive-In In Centralia, Unfortunately I Cannot Find The Opening Date To This. But The Earliest Information I Can Find Dates Back As A Sponsor From October 1950.

In February 1951 Just Before Its Reopening For The Season, Police Reported A Robbery At The Twin City That $1,000 And A couple Of Items Were Stolen.

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 8, 2020 at 7:40 pm

Sometimes the theater is listed as being in Chehalis. It is on the border between Centralia and Chehalis.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on October 11, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Google Maps says that the site is now within the Centralia city limits. Maybe that’s accurate.

Boxoffice, Feb. 17, 1951: “Ed Auer and Howard Barber, both of Seattle, have sold their Twin City Drive-In Theatre located between Centralia and Chehalis. Buying the showcase were the three Gamble brothers, Ron, Roy and Williard of Centralia, Wash. The sale price was estimated at $80,000. The outdoorer is slated to be improved and reopened in the spring”.

Jamey_monroe45
Jamey_monroe45 on July 16, 2023 at 9:30 am

Believe it or not, HALF the ramps and some of tne acreen, concession and box office foundations are still there! 😇😇😍😍

Kenmore
Kenmore on July 16, 2023 at 10:44 am

A closer address is 1555 S Gold St, Chehalis, WA.

Google Maps has updated their addresses and this puts it right on the property.

The ramps have been obliterated. Seems from the street views that dirt may have been dumped on the property (not uncommon). But the outline, pieces of the screen and projector booth/concession stand foundations, and part of the entrance is still present.

https://tinyurl.com/ypcjw8c9

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