In a flip of occasions many Santa Maria residents have dreaded, the enduring Hello-Means Drive-In Theater alongside Santa Maria Means has introduced its closing exhibiting earlier than the theater’s everlasting closure can be held Thursday.
The theater, which opened in 1961 and has been underneath the possession of the Gran household since 1978, can be exhibiting the movie “Spider-Man: No Means Residence” at 7 p.m. Thursday.
A sentimental message recorded on the theater’s telephone line on Wednesday shared the main points of the ultimate showings in addition to gratitude for the years of help from the group.
“It’s with nice disappointment that we announce that immediately, Wednesday, and Thursday are our final two days of operation,” the message states. “Thanks to everybody who has patronized the Hello-Means over the 40-plus years the Gran household has had it, all our suppliers, and all our fantastic workers who’ve helped make the Hello-Means Drive-In what it’s immediately.”
Closure of the theater has been within the works for the reason that property was first listed on the market in 2019, with house owners figuring out a loss in income through the years that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We gave it our all however because of the present financial local weather and the ever-changing movie business, our enterprise as a drive-in theater is sadly now not viable,” the theater web site states.
Central Coast housing nonprofit Individuals’s Self-Assist Housing finalized their buy of the $3.3 million website after the Metropolis Council’s approval in December of land use and zoning modifications that may make means for the event of 49 low-income, single-family properties.
Whereas residents and metropolis officers alike have passionately advocated for the theater’s preservation, the Gran household has made it clear they’re prepared for the subsequent chapter and help the deliberate venture from Individuals’s Self-Assist Housing.
The Hello-Means Drive-In is the final of its variety in Santa Maria after the closure of the Park Aire Drive-In in 1995, with others additionally closing in Lompoc and Santa Barbara in recent times.
The Sundown Drive-in in San Luis Obispo and West Wind Drive-in and Public Market in Goleta are the final drive-in theaters nonetheless in operation on the Central Coast. Statewide, simply 15 of the theaters stay.
The Hello-Means Drive-In is positioned at 3170 Santa Maria Means. Normal admission is $11 with $5 tickets for kids ages 3 to 11 and adults age 55 and older.
Gates for the exhibiting open at 6:15 p.m. and shut at 8 p.m. Audio system have been faraway from the poles within the car parking zone, so all attendees will need to have a working radio to show to 92.1 FM for sound.
Noting the recognition of “Spider-Man: No Means Residence” within the field workplace, theater representatives stated it is “solely becoming to finish with a bang.”