For several years now, rumors have been circulating that the 112 Drive-In in Fayetteville will be closing. The reasons vary based on who you’re talking to. On one hand I’ve heard that they’ve sold the land to developers. Another rumor indicates that the light pollution from the Auto Park and Sam’s Club is so bad that you can hardly see the image on the screen anymore and it’s forcing them to shut down. The last rumor I’ve heard flying around is that the owners are simply tired of running the thing.
I’ll admit that I bought into the rumors; drive-in theaters are a dying breed and it seemed all too believable that the 112 would shut its doors for good for one reason or another.
Hoping the rumors were just that, I decided to do some “Investigative Journalism.”
After my “thorough” and “rigorous” investigation, I’ve concluded that the 112 Drive-In will, once again, be open for business this spring (March to be exact). How did I reach this conclusion, you ask? Good question. Using my super-sleuthing skills, I checked the internets and searched their web nets page. According to their site, “[they] are closed for the season but look forward to seeing [us] next March.” Doesn’t sound like they’re going out of business, does it? Even with what seems to be a definitive answer, my detective instincts directed me to call the drive-in to back up my findings. So I called and got a voice message that mirrored the message on the site; they’ll be open this March.
Once again, the Investigative Team at the Fayetteville Flyer finds truth in a sea of rumors. Onwards and upwards!
In case you’re interested, here are a few F-Ville Drive-In tid-bits:
Arkansas, at its peak, had a total of 57 operating drive-in theaters in 1958 and those numbers have dwindled down to just five. Fayetteville alone operated two drive-ins at one point; the 71 Drive-In, now Fiesta Square and the 62 Drive-In, now the Wal-Mart on 6th street. When the 71 Drive-In closed down it was relocated and became the 112 Drive-In.