Warner's Drive-In

Franklin, West Virginia

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Ghostbusters Playing Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

To close September and open October, Warner’s Drive-In will be playing the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters.

Since the days are getting shorter, we are playing the movies gradually earlier. This weekend we will be starting around 7:45 p.m. so make sure you get here early to have time to visit the snack bar.

Ticket prices are $5 for 12 and over, $2 for 11-5 and free for under 5.

Come on out, and don’t forget to see our schedule section for the full list of movies for this season.

See you there!

Suicide Squad Coming Up Sept. 23 & 24

Next up is Suicide Squad.

Since the days are getting shorter, we are playing the movies gradually earlier. This weekend we will be starting around 8:00 p.m. so make sure you get here early to have time to visit the snack bar.

Ticket prices are $5 for 12 and over, $2 for 11-5 and free for under 5.

Come on out, and don’t forget to see our schedule section for the full list of movies for this season.

See you there!

Secret Life of Pets Playing TMF Weekend

Warner’s Drive-In will be presenting The Secret Life of Pets Friday and Saturday night of the Treasure Mountain Festival.  The movie will start after dusk, roughly 8:30 p.m.

Don’t forget to stop by the snack bar. T-shirts with the Warner’s Drive-In logo will also be for sell. Tickets are $5 for ages 12 and over, $2 for ages 5-11 and free for under 5.

Drive-In Open this Friday and Saturday!

Warner’s Drive-In with be open tonight, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10 for a showing of Finding Dory.

You can check out our new snack bar set up, buy a new stock of drive-in t-shirts in various colors, and kids can have their faces painted by a professional face painting.

We are also happy to announce that we will be open Friday and Saturday for the Treasure Mountain Festival next weekend. The movie playing will be Secret Life of Pets.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Warner’s Drive-In to Reopen Sept. 9!

Community Support Revitalizes Franklin Landmark

“The Pendleton Community and surrounding areas have outdone themselves,” said Bob Davis, Chairman of the Warner Drive-In Cultural and Resource Center (WDI) Board of Directors. “So much so, that we are ready to open the gates again.”


Finding Dory will be the first movie shown at the revitalized drive-in.

Located in Franklin, Warner’s Drive-In, which closed two years ago because of the high cost of converting to a digital projector, will re-open on Friday, Sept. 9  with the Disney Pixar movie “Finding Dory”.  The movie will also be shown there on Sept. 10.
“The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming,” stated Jessica Basagic, Treasurer of WDI.  “Volunteers have helped every step of the way and have raised enough money to purchase the digital projector, upgrade the concession stand and make improvements to the property.”

Tickets will be $5 for ages 12 and older, $2 for kids 5-11 and Free for kids under 5.

“We are so excited for the Community to see what has been accomplished so far”, added board member Brianna Bruns.  “The interior of the concession stand has been totally redone with new refrigerators, deep fryers, popcorn popper and a gas grill.”

WDI became a non-profit corporation in April of this year and retained a two-year lease on the Warner Drive-In property. The Warner Drive-In Board has 18 months to raise the $150,000 needed to purchase the land.

“Now that we have an opening date, the next round of fundraising will begin,” stated Kim Ruddle, also a board member of WDI. “We are working on a fundraising campaign that will include letters to landowners and former residents of the area to purchase the property and support future plans for the Drive-In.”
Opening the drive-in to show movies is just one aspect of the program of work.  As a non-profit corporation, the WDI plans to construct a stage at the base of the screen, repair the roof and interior of the building inside the screen, and put up a pavilion at the back of the property.

WDI Vice Chairman Dr. King Seegar speculated, “The possibilities for students are the most original of all. A wider audience could be attracted for student-produced music, dance and theater by utilizing the stage and building. The seasonal use of the facility will be extended to weekdays and as a three-season venue with the indoor pavilion.”

Two Week Challenge!

Two Week Challenge to the community!

We have two weeks to raise $5,000.

Warner's Vintage Logo

There are two anonymous donors in the community who will give $2 for every $1 raised up to $5K. This means we could potentially raise $15,000.

This money is crucial to get the digital projector here, which will cost $60,000 in total. We need your donation to make this happen!

EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! Remember your donation is tax deductible. Click on our donate button to donate through PayPal, or by mail to Warner Drive In Cultural & Resource Center P.O. Box 974 Franklin, WV 26807.

The challenge ends August 4, 2016.

Shirt Fundraiser Underway

Warner’s Drive-In is taking orders for t-shirts featuring the standard drive-in logo on a dark blue t-shirt. Proceeds from the shirts will go directly to the drive-in fund for purchasing a digital projector.

The link to order shirts is here.

At least eight have to be sold to be printed, but the goal is to reach 50 before the ordering ends on August 8.

Shirts are only $19 plus shipping, with an extra charge for shirts sized larger than 2XL.


New Retro Logo

In honor of the snack bar’s recent paint job, we have released a new logo to represent those colors.

Volunteers Give the Snack Bar a Retro Vibe

Abington Catholic Youth Ministry put in the man hours the first week in July to help spruce up the drive-in! They volunteered their time to repaint the snack bar and projector exterior new retro colors. The group also began working on building a new ticket booth.

In addition to Abington, we would like to give special recognition to Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and B&H Ace Hardware for donating all of the much needed supplies. We are truly appreciative!

Warner’s Drive-In Board Raises Curtain on Fundraising Efforts

“It sort of indicated the importance to the community of that place,” Hal Stickley said to a large crowd gathered at an auction house.

He was describing the public reaction to a book he placed at the Korner Shop in Franklin over a year ago to obtain community opinion on the closing of Warner’s Drive-In.

“There were like 287 people that signed off on that book. Some were signatures, some were comments, some were offers of money,” he noted.

Stickley is now a board member of The Warner-Drive-In Cultural and Resource Center, Inc. (WDI), a non-profit organization consisting of an nine-member board. After more than a year of planning, the group met with the public for the first time to discuss plans for the the drive-in. The meeting was held Saturday, June 25 at M&M Auction Emporium in Franklin.

“Most of us that got together love movies, and love that drive-in. We don’t want to see the community lose that,” WDI Chairman Bob Davis said in an opening address to the crowd.

The meeting moved into what the immediate needs are to reopen Warner’s Drive-in, which closed at the end of Summer 2014.

The drive-in’s closing was directly related to the movie industry’s conversion to digital film, eschewing the traditional reel to reel film that was costly to produce. Today, nearly all movies produced by Hollywood are shown on digital projectors, which can be directly downloaded from the studio, rather than shipped to theaters.

The price-tag for one of these projectors is between $45,000 and $80,000.

“We debate that every week. How much is this projector going to cost us?” Davis told the crowd. “It’s going to cost us a lot, and that’s why we’re doing these fundraisers.”

The fundraiser that evening was an auction by M&M, in which 100% of the proceeds went directly to the drive-in fund. Nearly $1,629 was brought in by the auction, with $288 more donated directly to the organization. Additionally, an anonymous donor made a matching contribution of up to $1,000 of the auction’s take.

Another large step in right direction for the group was the donation of a house by the late Ruth Scott.

“Ruth’s last wishes before she died was for her girls to deed the property to a non-profit, so that the money stays within the county,” said WDI Treasurer Jessica Basagic. “It has been deeded to us. When we sell it, 100% of that money will go to the drive-in fund, which will be a huge contribution to getting the projector.”

The projector is just the first step in getting the outdoor theater fully operational. The concession stand that once served patrons popcorn and cheeseburgers will need to have new kitchen equipment, in addition to renovations for upkeep of the building.

“We’re estimating that is going to be about $20,000,” Gail Price, WDI secretary said near the end of the meeting. “And we do need people to help volunteer.”

Price also spoke about long term plans once the essential goals are met.

“Right now, we’re just leasing the land until we raise the money. We’re going to need, in two-year’s time, $150,000 to buy the property.”

Once the property is purchased, Price discussed adding new features to the property. The new ideas included constructing a stage below the screen for outdoor concerts and plays, remodeling the interior of the screen (once meant to be a residence) to house a museum dedicated to the community’s memories of the drive-in, as well as a film class.

“By the time this project is done we hope to raise $350,000, from today until we get the drive-in fully functional,” Price concluded.

For more information visit warnersdriveinwv.org, find the Warner’s Drive-in page on Facebook, or contact any of the board members. In addition of Davis, Stickley, Basagic and Price, the board also includes Vice-Chairman Dr. King Seegar, Brianna Bruns, John Connor, Mike Mallow and Kim Ruddle.

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