The Big Picture, Drive-in Theatre Opening Soon
They are almost ready to hook up the speaker to the car window and fire up the high beam projector.
Ocala's City Commission has given the go-ahead for two brothers, Charles and John Watzke, with a long family history in the drive-in movie business to re-open a landmark.
Located off US Hwy 441 in Ocala, the Ocala Drive in Theatre dates back to 1948.
The Watzke family's love affair with the business goes back to almost one hundred years.
"There's nothing left like this around," Charles Watzke told TV 20. "We're hoping to bring it back not only to Ocala, but also the history and the memory of the drive in theatre," he said.
That sense of history is projected through almost every aspect of the drive in. The original projector will be restored. Boxes of film can still be found in the projection booth.
The brothers will also open a flea market on the same property in mid-November, with the theatre playing it's first film in December.
Charles Watzke said that repairs still have to be made, as well as the decision of what the first film to play will be.
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