Ruskin drive-in movie theater light drama

Ruskin drive-in movie theater light drama


NIGHTBEAT IN PINELLAS COUNTY, THANK YOU. NEW TONIGHT DRIVE-IN DILEMMA, A LANDMARK HISTORIC MOVIE THEATER IS IN DANGER OF SHUTTING DOWN AND YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHY. THERE’S ONLY A FEW DRIVE-INS LEFT IN THE STATE AND THE OWNER OF THE RUSKIN FAMILY DRIVE-IN SAYS HE’S BEING DRIVEN OUT BY AN UNLIKELY UNUSUAL SOURCE, PARKING LOT LIGHTS AT PUBLIX. HE SAYS IT’S SO BRIGHT NOBODY CAN SEE THE MOVIE SCREEN. OUR MELANIE MICHAEL IS AT THE DRIVE-IN POPCORN IN HAND I’M TOLD. MEL, NOT A BAD ASSIGNMENT, BUT YOU HOPE THAT THAT THEATER CAN LAST. Reporter: WE CERTAINLY DO, STACIE. GOOD EVENING TO YOU. NOT A BAD ASSIGNMENT AT ALL, POPCORN IN HAND AND SPIDER-MAN ON THE BIG SCREEN, BUT THE QUESTION TONIGHT, FOR HOW LONG? THAT UNMISTAKABLE SOUND FOLLOWED BY THE UNFORGETTABLE SCENT, FRESH POPCORN WAFTING THROUGH THE AIR. IT’S A SUMMER NIGHT AT THE MOVIES, BUT THIS THEATER HAS SOMETHING, WELL, SPECIAL. WELCOME TO THE RUSKIN FAMILY DRIVE-IN. IT’S FAMILY, ALL RIGHT I’M TELLING YOU. Reporter: SPEND FIVE MINUTES WITH THE OWNER AND YOU’LL LEARN QUICKLY JUST HOW MUCH THIS CIA-IN MEANS TO HIM. — THIS DRIVE-IN MEANS TO HIM. HE’S BEEN HERE SINCE 1952. THIS ONE LITTLE DRIVE-IN HAS ALWAYS BEEN UNIQUE. THE PEOPLE HERE JUST TAKE CARE OF THIS DRIVE-IN. Reporter: THAT’S THE REASON HE LOVES IT. HE SAYS IT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE. IT’S ALSO THE REASON HE’S FIGHTING SO HARD TO KEEP IT OPEN. HE TELLS US NEARBY LIGHTS FROM PUBLIX AND TACO BELL ACROSS HIGHWAY 41 ARE LEAVING HIS LEGACY IN A LURCH LOSING MONEY BY BLINDING FOLKS WATCHING THE MONEY. HE SAID HE CARE BAN TO CLOSE DOWN HIS LIFE’S WORK — BEAR TO CLOSE DOWN HIS LIFE’S WORK. IT’S WONDERFUL. THIS THEATER, IT AMAZES ME EVERY DAY HOW PEOPLE TREAT IT. IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE VERSUS AN INDOOR THEATER. Reporter: MOMS HAVE COME HERE WITH THEIR HUSBAND LIKE THIS MOM SINCE HER FIRST CHILD WAS BORN. I WANT HIM GROWING UP HAVING THAT BECAUSE THERE’S NOT MANY LEFT AND WHO KNOWS HOW LONG THIS IS GOING TO LAST. IT’S VERY SPECIAL. Reporter: THAT REALLY IS THE QUESTION, STACIE. HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? THE OWNER TELLS US PUBLIX REACHED OUT TO HIM, BUT THAT PUBLIX AND TACO BELL LEASE THE LAND FROM A COMPANY CALLED CONCORDIA AND THEY ARE THE COMPANY THE OWNER CLAIMS IS GIVING THEM THE RUN-AROUND. WE ALSO REACHED OUT TO PUBLIX AND ARE WAITING TO HEAR BACK. A LOT OF FOLKS WOULD BE VERY, VERY SAD TO SEE THIS STORY GO.

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