Skagit Drive-In

1075 S. Burlington Boulevard,
Mount Vernon, WA 98233

500 cars

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Located in Mount Vernon, Skagit County, WA, hence the name. The Skagit Drive-In was opened in 1951 and held 500 cars on its 10 acres lot. It was designed, owned and operated by Elden D. Pollack. He also designed a unique central heating and ventilating system which provided it’s patrons cars through a combined speaker and air-flow unit. The unit also wafted aromas of popcorn & hot dogs into the cars at intermissions and after the show.

The two story concession building also contained a snack bar, lounge view room, projection booth and an apartment for the manager.

The Skagit Drive-In was still open in 1955 when it was operated by Ed Snow of the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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SteveSwanson on November 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I have records of a drive-in further up north in Burlington, that might be the Skagit drive-in. The address is the corner of Andis Rd. & Burlington Blvd. Which is the current home of the Burlington Outlet Mall. Cinematour also lists the same info.

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Drive-In 54 on November 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I have it listed in Mt Vernon 1958-1970

Seattleprojectionist on September 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I was a projectionist at the Skagit Drive In for one season in 1978. At the time, it was still owned by Eldon Pollack but was being leased and operated by Richard Babington who in addition leased and operated Pollack’s Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon where I also worked. The Skagit was closed by the very early 1980’s. Confusion about the address is understandable, the theatre was north of the Skagit River (therefore outside Mt. Vernon City Limits) but in an area then mostly farmland and a few scattered businesses. Mt. Vernon was the closer and larger city at the time. Andis Road and Burlington Blvd. (then known as Highway 99) was the location. Strip Mall City today.

The Skagit had Ashcraft Super Cinex carbon arc lamps and Simplex E-7 projectors. It was still using speakers (no radio sound) at the time I worked there.

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Drive-In 54 on September 22, 2014 at 4:06 am

Seattleprojectionist….have any pictures to share?

Seattleprojectionist on October 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Drive-In 54…Sorry, the pictures I had are long gone. It was a pretty place, a grass field that had to be mowed weekly and surrounded by tall Poplar trees. Farmland on the South side, a half dozen or so houses along Andis road on the North side and the right of way for Interstate 5 on the West. The old highway (US99) and our entrance were on the East. The trees did a good job of screening us from the Interstate. The freeway was built just a few yards behind the screen tower nearly 10 years after the theater opened in 1950. The Snack Bar, Restrooms, Booth, Box Offices, and what had originally been a restaurant were all in one two story concrete building at the rear of the field. The Booth, former restaurant, and a two bedroom managers apartment were on the second floor. The restaurant space was unused by 1978 when I worked there. The booth was wall to wall and floor to ceiling glass on the front side. No privacy but great view of the pretty girls in the Summer. Everyone on the field had a good view into the booth as well.

Jamey_monroe45 on July 14, 2023 at 9:52 am

Now Target and Red Robin north of the mall @ 1075 S Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA 98233.

Please update. AMC Cascade 14 is where the screen used to be.

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