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Down In Front – The 99W Drive In And Twin Cinema

Down In Front – The 99W Drive In And Twin Cinema

The 99W Drive In , located in Newberg, OR is the last active drive in theater in the Portland metropolitan area. Opened in August of 1953, the 99W was built by J.T. (“Ted”) Francis and has been owned by the Francis family for generations since. One of the first feature films to be shown was Sea Devils starring Rock Hudson.

The 99W is on its third screen. In 1962, the first screen was destroyed and the marquee letters lost to the Columbus Day Storm. After a gust blew down the second screen in 1990, it was replaced by using the screen salvaged from another (closed) Portland area drive in, The 104th Street Drive In.

In 1983, a Twin Cinema Indoor theater was built on the 99W’s property in order to keep business going year round. Since 1994, business has picked up strongly again for the drive in, after a somewhat stalemate around the 1980s and early 90s. The indoor theater has 225 seats and admission is $5.00 (kids age 11 and under $4.00). The drive-in has a capacity to park 275 to 300 cars with an admission price of $8.00 (kids age 6-11 $4.00, age 5 and under are free). The Twin Cinema is open year round and the 99W Drive In is open from late April or early May until late October.

For an added bit of nostalgia, the owner sometimes slips in old movie trailers from the 50s, 60s, or 70s and always shows a classic intermission snack bar reel. There are plenty of regulars and even folks who drive all the way from Washington to visit the 99W. If you are ever in the area, do yourself a favor and visit!

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Stephanie Stebbins Stephanie Stebbins is a native of Virginia Beach, VA but is currently living in the land of poofy bangs and bitchin’ Camaros that is Fort Worth, Texas. She is married to a United States Navy service member and has two children she affectionately refers to as Thing One and Thing Two. Currently she is a blogger: http://stephinfectionisinyourhead.blogspot.com but plans on world domination as all bloggers secretly do. She thoroughly enjoys tomatoes, but is not a fan of liver.


  1. Stephanie, thank you for such a wonderful article on yet another historic drive-in.
    I’ve been going to the same drive-in since for the last 44 years!
    It’s nice that I’ve been able to share the tradition with my children, now I am looking forward to starting this year with my grandchildren.


  2. I love that these drive in theaters are family traditions for a lot of people. Thanks so much for the link, I will definitely feature the Silver Lake Twin Drive In soon!

  3. It was in Oregon, that I saw Star Wars at the drive-in theater in Eugene. Do you know if that one still exists?


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