July to September 2006
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Ohio Art Deco Drive-in Torn Down
09.05.2006 Cleveland, OH - The gorgeous art-deco Miles Drive-In in Cleveland has been torn down. It stood dormant for years but was razed this past August. This style of drive-in is the most sought-out, yet the rarest to find (let alone operating).
Many thanks to Mark Hackett for update.
Downtown Vegas Structures May Fall
09.05.2006 Las Vegas, NV - These days, Las Vegas appears to be a constant flux. According to the February 7, 2006 edition of the Las Vegas Business Press, the Hotel Nevada, Queen of Hearts Hotel, and the Ambassador East Motel on Fremont Street may face the wrecking ball as they're not profitable enough.
Visalia California Loses Another One
08.18.2006 Visalia, CA - First the word came in that the Mooney Drive-in Theatre is shutting its gates for good at the end of August and now the news has come in that the landmark Mearles Drive-in restaurant closed its doors on Tuesday August 15, 2006. Word is that the owners of the restaurant were evicted due to back rent. The future of Mearles appears to be bleak. More news can be found at the website of ABC 30.
Many thanks to Chet Wilson for contact.
Vegas Loses Its Black Jack
08.18.2006 Las Vegas, NV - No city changes as rapidly as Las Vegas, NV. With Vegas rapid development, the old casinos, signs, and businesses that were fixtures from the Vegas mid-century are going by the wayside. The Black Jack Motel along Boulder Highway recently met the same fate as its larger neighbor across the street, the former Showboat and Castaways Casino. The Black Jack Motel is now a pile of rubble.
Many thanks to Chet Wilson for contact.
End of Era for Jack's Salad Bowl
07.31.2006 Whittier, CA - Jack's Salad Bowl has been a Whittier staple for many years. Jack's has now become El Pulpo Restaurant and the Jack's rooftop sign has been replaced with one calling out the new restaurant's name. The new restaurant is being worked on and will be open soon.
One of the interesting parts of driving down Whittier Boulevard was seeing two Jack's restaurants complete with unique roadside signage within a mile of each other. Now there is only one.
Last Summer for the Mooney Drive-in
07.28.2006 Visalia, CA - The word is out that Mooney Auto Theater is closing its gates for good the end of August 2006. It sits on some prime property between Visalia and Tulare. Lots of big business going on out there in the form of major shopping centers and such. The property owner has a new interest which does not involve an outdoor movie theme. People of all ages are extremely sad to see it go and have gone to see the same movie repeatedly just to be at the theater to create a memory with family and friends. There isn't a whole lot to do in our relatively small California town and now there's one less tradition to share and pass on. Think we can still find a few of those peacocks hanging around the shopping center looking for somebody to chase them off around dusk?
Many thanks to Teresa Woods for update.
In California, Drive-in Theatres continue to drop at an alarming rate. Los Angeles, the largest county in the state has just one open drive-in It's a shame to see yet another drive-in movie theatre go.
Another Fallon Nevada Landmark Disappears
07.28.2006 Fallon, NV - The final season for Bob's Root Beer was fall of 2005. The owner sold the property and it is now a used car lot. Rumor is he took the big mug sign and has it in his back yard somewhere.
Many thanks to Frank C. for update.
The Lariat Motel and Roper Drive-in Theatre have also disappeared from Fallon recently.