The Atomic Drive-In Theatre in Serpent River, Ontario

Memory lane, remembering the Atomic Drive-In Theatre in Serpent River, Ontario

I’m feeling nostalgic this morning so I’m Michael J. Fox’n it back in time to one of my favourite childhood memories… the Atomic Drive-In Theatre in Serpent River.  I grew up in this small town in Northern Ontario and spent many, many summers with my brother driving my Grandmother nuts while she ran this local movie hot-spot.  More so, she also lived in a house right on the grounds so I was the luckiest kid in town… every movie right out the front door!

I didn’t expect to find anything when I started Googling it, however I came across a few photos someone (Chris Wood) had submitted to a drive-in site.  Instantly all those memories came flooding back, there is was!  I’ve included the four snapshots below.  By the way, eat your heart out Instagram, all-natural vintage :)

Back in August of 2001, I brought my daughter back to where I had spent so many of my childhood years.  It had long since been closed and had sadly deteriorated to the point where is was barely noticeable. Mother Nature was reclaiming her space.  I’ve included a few photos of that visit below as well.

Today, by far my favourite place to watch a movie isn’t the massive Cineplex across town, or my big screen at home… it’s our local vintage drive-in just outside of Barrie, Ontario.

Atomic Drive-In Theatre Quick Facts:
Location: Serpent River, Ontario
Capacity – 284 cars
Screens – 1
Boss Lady – Mona Hore  a.k.a. “Gram”
 

Atomic Drive-In Theatre in Serpent River, Ontario

Vintage Atomic Drive-In Photos: Chris Wood

This is what it looked like just before all the structures were torn down… I brought my daughter here to share some of my childhood memories with her.

Photo - Atomic Drive-In Theatre Serpent River, Ontario

Photo – Atomic Drive-In Theatre Serpent River, Ontario

Photo - Drive-In Movie Screen

Photo – Drive-In Movie Screen

Photo - Atomic Drive-In Theatre Serpent River, Ontario

Photo – Atomic Drive-In Theatre Serpent River, Ontario

Photo - Atomic Drive-In Concession Stand, Serpent River, Ontario

Photo – Atomic Drive-In Concession Stand, Serpent River, Ontario

Photo - Atomic Drive-In Theatre Box Office in Serpent River, Ontario

Photo – Atomic Drive-In Theatre Box Office in Serpent River, Ontario

Matchbook from the Atomic Drive-In

Matchbook from the Atomic Drive-In courtesy Peter Glaser

 

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