This week, Mike Bookey writes about the rise and fall of drive in theaters. The photos below give a glimpse into life at the Auto Vue Drive In theater in Colville, which will close at the end of the summer. The theater was showing a double feature of Fast & Furious 6 and The Purge that evening. Photos by Young Kwak.
Bobbi, left, and Gary Ebel wait for the box office to open.
Employee Stephanie Clark makes popcorn before customers arrive.
Assistant Manager Laura Martin sells tickets at the box office.
Employee Caitlyn Beatty, left, takes a drink order from Grant Swim, with his 9-year-old son Wyatt and 8-year-old daughter Aramay.
Manager Ben Rochon threads film into an XH-4000 projector.
Hannah Grimm, 16, prepares to jump off a platform holding a couch on a truck. She and her friends watch the movies from the back of the truck.
Adam Chavez and Alexandria Rushton wait for Fast and Furious 6 to start.
Josh Cournyer, right, makes sure his (left to right) 6-year-old son Zadin, 9-year-old son Tyler and 4-year-old daughter Cassidy are comfortable in the bed of the family truck.
Manager Ben Rochon, right, and employee Stephanie Clark pour drinks for customers.
Left to right, 9-year-old Robbie Adam, his father Phil, 4-year-old brother Cody, mother Sheely and 5 1/2 month old Mallorie Sells wait for Fast and Furious 6 to start.
Moviegoers watch a screening of Fast & Furious 6.
John and Arden Kaliman, both 4, watch a screening of Fast & Furious 6.
Customers watch a screening of Fast & Furious 6.
Left to right, Destiny Burpee, Tifanny Kinghorn and Heather Bishop watch a screening of Fast & Furious 6.