Say goodbye to a piece of West Quincy’s history. A building at the former drive-in theater appears to have been demolished.
Construction equipment was sitting on the remains of the theater’s old snack bar and projection building when I drove past Tuesday. It’s unclear when that happened.
The building had fallen into severe disrepair and never appeared to be particularly long for this world, as CinemaTour points out in its retrospective on the theater, which opened in 1949 and closed sometime in the 1980s. The whole complex has been damaged by fire, flood and apparently a tornado at various points in its history.
Fortunately, the theater’s screen — now repurposed as a Christian billboard advertising Jesus Christ’s return and the phone number for Open Arms Ministries in Quincy — still stands as a landmark on the north side of U.S. 24.
Can anyone offer any insight here on the building’s demolition?