About a year ago I wrote about and posted some pictures of the Ski-Hi Drive-In, my community’s shuttered but last remaining drive-in theater – remaining, at least, in the sense of the shell of the screen tower and dilapidated concession stand/projection booth remain in place, where two highways meet north of Muncie.
Since that time I’ve talked to the owner of the property for an upcoming story for publication in my real job. He encouraged me to go onto the property and take pictures, so I thought I would share some here.
The back of the screen tower, which greeted patrons – and now looms over passersby – is in pretty rough shape. The owner told me there was an apartment at the base of the tower that someone once lived in.
It’s not that hard to imagine – and, for me, remember – movies playing out on the big screen framed by the Hoosier night sky.
You can still make out the earthen ridges made to elevate the front ends of patron’s cars, trucks and vans.
The concession stand exterior, with the expected graffiti.
The door broken in the past few years by intruders.
The concession stand is still recognizable, but has put up with a lot of abuse from vandals, the elements and years of neglect.
I’ll update you when I know something about the fate of this once-grand old drive-in movie theater.