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West Wyoming, PA: Moonlite Drive-In Has Reopened

Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2019 4:51 PM

The Moonlite Drive-In in West Wyoming, Pennsylvania has been closed since 1988, but moviegoers in the area will be glad to know that it reopened this past weekend!

Located on Shoemaker Avenue just west of town, the theater opened to the public on Friday, October 4, 2019. The theater posted the following message recently on its Facebook page:

It is with great pleasure for us to announce what you have all been waiting for the opening weekend of the Moonlite Drive-In. We will be open this Friday and Saturday night with Abominable and The Good Boys playing on the Big Screen. Due to high demand we will be doing presale tickets this Wednesday and Thursday October 2 and 3rd. We will post details shortly.

The theater originally opened in 1950. According to some news articles that we found, it has been reopened by Eric Symeon, whose lifelong goal has been to reopen the theater. According to an article published by WNEP (see below), there was some work that needed to be done:

The owner tells Newswatch 16 he bought this property two and a half years ago and has been working nonstop ever since to reopen the Moonlite Drive-in.

"Over 200 trees that needed to come down, there was all new underground electrical that needed to be put in, 550 feet of sewer line," Symeon said.

Symeon has also fixed the ticket booth, rebuilt the big screen, and installed a new digital projector.

Evidence of nature reclaiming the theater can be seen by going to Google Maps' street view and Google Earth's historical images, where you can see the entrance sign being engulfed and the theater property covered in vegetation.

Street View Photo of Entrance by Google Maps

Satellite View by Google Earth

This theater is one of 26 drive-in theaters that we have listed for the state of Pennsylvania. The closest drive-ins are the Garden Drive-In Theater in Hunlock Creek and the Circle Drive-In in Dickson City, both of which are around 15 miles to the southwest and northeast, respectively. If the weather isn't cooperating, the nearest indoor facility is the R/C Wilkes Barre Movies 14, about five miles to the south.

We're hoping to get their showtimes soon, so keep an eye on the Showtimes page for the Moonlite Drive-In to see what's playing and when!

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