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Nostalgic for the drive-in? Head to Colville

Despite what is going on in Idaho, where bars and theaters have been allowed to reopen, it doesn't look as if Washington movie theaters are going to be doing business anytime soon — except in the state's five remaining drive-in theaters.

That includes Colville, where the Auto-Vue Drive-in is located, some four miles north of the city on U.S. Route 395.

Remember drive-in theaters? I spent my first several viewing years at drive-ins in Texas, California, Rhode Island and Hawaii, seeing everything from "The Guns of Fort Petticoat" to "Spartacus," "Butch Cassiday and the Sundance Kid" to "Blood Feast."

My first years in Spokane (I arrived here in February 1980) I saw movies at many of the drive-ins that still operated then, from the East Trent and East Sprague Drive-ins to the Y Drive-in and the North Cedar Drive-In (where I recall seeing Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in "Days of Thunder").

This weekend, Friday through Sunday, the Auto-Vue will screen the Harrison Ford vehicle "The Call of the Wild." Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children 11 and under (Sunday's admission is $15 a car load). 

Expect a late night. The doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at dusk.