Historic Hudson Valley Drive-In Theatre Looking For New Owners

From the Hudson Valley Post: The owners of a landmark drive-in movie theater in the region are hoping to find someone to take over the business.

This year will be the 69th season the Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre off Route 9W in Coxsackie is in operation. It was originally built in 1960 by the Klein brothers who then sold it to the Babcock family.

Roger and Sharon Babock have operated the drive-in movie theatre for years, but have decided its time to retire and they want to pass on the drive-in to someone else.

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Sister Aimee’s Castle

From Esotouric: At the end of May, the Esotouric crew had a rare opportunity to tour a Southern California landmark which has long obsessed us: Sister Aimee Semple McPherson’s 1929 Moorish-style castle, perched high above Lake Elsinore.

he property has been in private hands for decades, including several years when it was inhabited by squatters. It has only recently returned to the possession of a Foursquare Gospel congregation, which has begun the process of restoring the property and intends to open it up for occasional tours.

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Portland paint company restores iconic neon sign

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From FOX 12: PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A neon sign that’s been a fixture in Portland for decades is looking good as new.

Miller Paint restored the iconic 10-foot windmill sign as it celebrates its 130th anniversary. The sign has been on display at the company’s Grand Avenue location since the 1930s.

Miller Paint partnered with Security Signs to bring the sign back to its former glory.

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Revisiting a Classic Photo Compendium of Giant Roadside Curios

Bena, Minnesota’s Big Fish Supper Club took its name quite literally. ALL PHOTOS BY JOHN MARGOLIES / PUBLIC DOMAIN

From Atlas Obscura: American highways have something for everyone. Lots of litter. License plates galore. And, if you take the right route, a dinosaur car wash, or a supper club in the biggest fish you’ve ever seen.

John Margolies relished it all. The celebrated architecture critic and photographer developed an affinity for roadside attractions in childhood, when family trips kept his future fascinations a constant blur outside the window. “My parents’ generation thought it was the ugliest stuff in the world,” Margolies told The Washington Post in 2015.

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Allston used to have a giant Coca-Cola sign. Then it went missing. We think we know where it is

The clock above Coca-Cola Bottling Plant’s iconic neon sign reads 6:54, six minutes before the sign along Soldiers Field Road was shut off permanently on Jan. 30, 1984 in Boston. Despite efforts to restore the sign to its former glory, it eventually disappeared without a trace. WENDY MAEDA/GLOBE STAFF

From The Boston Globe: For more than 30 years, the sign for the beverage giant was a dazzling landmark.

“Turn at the Coke sign,” you’d say to someone traveling down Soldiers Field Road, toward Allston.

At once a familiar presence and prominent fixture against the skyline — not unlike the Citgo sign of today — it told residents how to dress for the New England weather, flashing the temperature high above the winding thoroughfares. If you were without a watch, a quick glance skyward at its clock would inform you if you were running late.

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