After nearly four decades of lying vacant, Newark’s once-thriving Rose City Drive-In Theater is receiving a new lease of life from local business owner and lifelong resident, Paul Cole.
Despite the decay from nature’s takeover and the demolition of original buildings, the still-standing galvanized steel projection screen from 1955 has remained a promising factor in the site’s rebirth.
As part of the refurbishment, a new concession building, restrooms, full kitchen facilities, and a state-of-the-art projection unit from Belgium are in the works.
While the official opening date remains uncertain, Cole anticipates a test event with friends and family this fall. To keep up with the restoration progress and updates, interested individuals can follow the Rose City Drive-In on Facebook.
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