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Property Name 99W Drive-in Theatre
Reference Number 14000401
State Oregon
County Yamhill
Town Newberg
Street Address 3110 Portland Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/11/2014
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The 99W Drive-In Theatre in Newberg, Oregon, which opened July 31, 1953, is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, ENTERTAINMENT/RECREATION, as a drive-in movie theater reflecting family entertainment trends in the post-World War II era. It also is eligible under Criterion C, ARCHITECTURE, as a rare, remaining, intact example of a drive-in theater. It is one of three remaining driveins in Oregon, and the only one extant in Yamhill County. This specific drive-in theater strongly represents the drive-in phenomenon from its rise to its decline, which occurred commensurate with the rise of home entertainment systems. It has been in continual operation from the time it opened, adapting to new entertainment trends over the years. As an important example of mid-century entertainment and car culture, the 99W Drive-In Theatre is a property that reflects the values of its time and continues to function as originally designed. It retains all the components of the property type, expressed in a Modern design with modest Googie-style elements, also a product of the times.

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