Blue Moon Drive-in

Future uncertain for Blue Moon Drive-in

The future is uncertain for the Blue Moon Drive-In located in Gu-Win. Multiple factors may close the drive-in.

GU-WIN — The Blue Moon Drive-In Theater is shutting down its week-to-week normal operations, and the theater’s future beyond that has yet to be determined, according to owner Chris Curtis.
Curtis and his dad took over the theater and opened it as the Blue Moon in 1996. Curtis said he took over for the most part in 2002, and his dad passed away in 2019.
Curtis and his father were no strangers to drive-in’s. Curtis said his family owned several while he was growing up, such as the Amory Drive-In in Mississippi.

Back through the years in Marion County...

Currently, this is known as the Blue Moon Drive-In Theater located in Gu-Win between Winfield and Guin. This picture was snapped in 1980, and filed with the Library of Congress in the John Margolies Roadside America photograph archive (1972 - 2008).
The original name of the business at the time this photo was taken was Gu-Win Drive-In Theater. It was opened in the 1950s by George G. Thornton, who passed away on June 5, 1963. It was shut down in the mid-1980s, reopening later as Blue Moon.
Thornton was the first mayor of Gu-Win, when it was incorporated in 1958.

Gu-win drive-in hosts Big Daddy Weave

GU-WIN -  Radio hit-makers Big Daddy Weave held an in-person concert alongside Grammy award-winning Zach Williams on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Blue Moon Drive-In theater in Gu-Win.
Production company Awakening Events has presented their Drive-In Theater Tour Series during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to present drive-in concerts that follow social distancing guidelines.
The concert series has seen the likes of artists such as TobyMac and Casting Crowns come and perform in Gu-Win.

Not-so-hot summer for Gu-Win Drive-In

GU-WIN - With movie theaters worldwide feeling the impact of coronavirus shutdowns, drive-in theaters have been seen as the place where individuals can enjoy a show while still operating under the social distancing guidelines.
But, according to Blue Moon Drive -In owner Chris Curtis, business for drive-in theaters is not as booming as some have been led to believe.
“From the beginning of things starting to open back up to now, business has been terrible,” said Curtis.