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Ideas to save the Auto-Vue

August 5, 2013

Steve Wisner in front of the Auto-Vue Drive In screen.

After Auto-Vue Drive In Theatre’s owner Steve Wisner made the announcement last year that he would close the over 60-year-old outdoor theatre at the end of this summer, community members and customers from near and far. Voiced their opposition.
But with a price tag of $186,000 to make the transfer to digital, refurbish the sound and projector booth, and replace the screen, he wasn’t sure how it was going to happen. After a page called Save the Auto-Vue Drive In, started by a patron in Kettle Falls, cropped up on Facebook, the ideas and encouragement on how to keep the Colville business alive began to fly via social networking.
Last month, Wisner announced that he and his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Kellie, are looking to garner public support to help raise the necessary funds for drive in repairs. They have started an account at and posted that they are lowering the fund amount from $186,000 to $136,000 because, “We have an opportunity in getting a screen at a lesser price.”
So far, the amount raised on Go Fund Me is $3,660.
T-shirts are available for purchase at the Alpine, Auto-Vue, A Kut Above Hair Salon and the Colville Chamber of Commerce office. People can also follow the links on the Auto-Vue’s Facebook page to order online from eBay.
Below is a list of upcoming fundraisers that will benefit the Save the Auto-Vue Drive In fund.
Upcoming Fundraisers
A Star Wars Triple Feature at the Alpine Theatre Thursday, Aug. 15 at 6p.m.
Star Wars Free Triple Feature: Episodes 4, 5 and 6
Please bring a donation to support the Save the Auto-Vue fund
There will be Star Wars trivia and a costume contest, so show your love for the force! Save the Auto-Vue T-shirts will be available for purchase at the event.
The Save the Auto-Vue Drive In group will make an appearance in the Northeast Washington Fair Parade Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m., The public is encouraged to attend and show their support. A booth at the fair Aug. 22-25 will be selling Save the Auto-Vue T-Shirts.
There will be a concert at the Auto-Vue on Friday, Aug. 30 at10 a.m. with acts still to be determined. Ticket price will be $15, which includes the concert and admission to that night's features at the drive in.
There will be a flea market/swap meet at the Auto-Vue on Sunday, Sept. 15th from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Vender spaces are available to rent: 12X12 for $25 or 24X12 for $50. Admission will be $5 per car. All vender and admission fees will directly support the Save the Auto-Vue Drive In fund.
An auction and dinner will be held in early November. Date, time and place to be announced.

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