White River Drive-In

1100 N. Main Street,
White River Junction, VT 05001

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Corporation

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White River Drive-In

The White River Drive-In was opened June 12, 1952 with Dana Andrews in “Canyon Passage” & Claudette Colbert in “Let’s Make It Legal”. It was operated by Interstate Theatres Corp. out of Boston, MA. The White River Drive-In was closed in spring of 1987.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 13, 2015 at 10:10 am

There is a history of movie theaters in White River Junction in the May 1994 issue of the Hartford (VT) Historical Society, written by member James Kenison. (The March 1995 issue has more info.) The White River Drive-In was built by Allard Graves who had opened the Lyric Theatre downtown in 1924. The Drive-In was located at the intersection of Route 5 and Sykes Avenue. Allard Graves was with Interstate Theatres. In 1965, both the Drive-In and the Lyric were sold to a local company. The White River Drive-In was closed in 1986, according to this article.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on November 7, 2018 at 6:40 am

Opened with “Canyon passage” and “Let’s make it legal”.

jwmovies
jwmovies on February 3, 2019 at 7:47 pm

A more accurate address for this theater is 1100 N Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001. This points to the corner of N Main and Sykes Mountain. The billboard next to McDonald’s is where the entrance road stood. The drive itself is the bank east of this and the southeast of the bank. Believe it or not, the screen foundation is still there.

Please update.

Kenmore
Kenmore on February 3, 2019 at 9:30 pm

The billboard which sits at the corner of Sykes Mountain Avenue and North Main Street which is next to the McDonald’s may have been part of the original marquee or sits very close the to same spot. Given its unusual support structure, it’s possible, although not confirmed.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on September 15, 2019 at 9:24 am

The Valley News of Lebanon NH ran a story yesterday that confirmed that the sign is part of the original White River marquee, that it’s still used to announce community events, and that it is about to be moved. The Vermont Department of Transportation will change the intersection to a roundabout. Hartford Town Manager Brannon Godfrey said the town is looking for another good location for it because “we know there is an interest in preserving that for its nostalgia and history with the town.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on October 8, 2019 at 9:52 am

The Valley News ran another story this week about a windstorm on May 24, 1962 that yanked the screen off its frame. The story includes a photo of the marquee that day, advertising the movie “All Fall Down”.

The article also said that the White River closed in spring 1987, citing VCRs as the final blow, and that the Midway Drive-In in Ascutney closed about the same time. Here’s a link to the Internet Archive version, which doesn’t include that nice marquee photo.

Kenmore
Kenmore on October 21, 2022 at 7:47 pm

The marquee is no longer at the corner of Sykes Mountain Avenue and North Main Street. The intersection was transformed and expanded to include a roundabout. The result was that the sign was removed. Where it is now I do not know.

jimkvt
jimkvt on May 7, 2023 at 11:26 pm

People have listed 1000 North Main St. as the location of the theater. That is where the marquee was located. The entrance to the drive-in was a couple hundred feet (at least) down Sykes Avenue on the right hand side. There was a restaurant and a side street on the right between North Main Street and the Drive-in entrance.

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