Valley 6 Drive-In: Closed for the Season, Closed for Good

In the first decade of the 21st century, I lived in South King County and studied photography. My weekend drives, with a camera in the passenger seat, often took me to less-traveled agricultural areas of Kent Valley. It was on one of those weekends that I wandered into the empty Valley 6 Drive-In Theatres. I revisited it a few times with a camera in hand, and later I was sad to find out that the theater had been closed for good and demolished to make room for new development. I also learned how important this drive-in had been to several generations of Auburn residents, whose many childhood and teenage memories involved the theater. This essay honors and celebrates this landmark of Auburn’s history and collective memory.