Lexington, Va. (WFXR) — Hull’s Drive-In Theatre has been a part of the Rockbridge area community for more than 70 years.
While the theatre has changed ownership just a few times since its inception, it has been operated by Hull’s Angels, Inc. a non-profit membership organization since 2000.
“I can remember as a teenager going to the drive-in with friends. I can remember sneaking into the drive-in with friends, haha, but, you know with a small town like this, it was one of the places where you got together. There are very few drive-ins left in the country and it’s an experience that many people have never had. When you go to the drive-in here and you go a little early you see kids down in the grass in front of the screen flipping a frisbee, you see people taking their lawn chairs and putting them out in front of the cars and going to the snack bar, people greeting friends and those that they know… so, it’s yet another way that I think communities kind of stick together.”Matt Paxton, Publisher and Owner of the News Gazette in Lexington
Matt Paxton, born and raised in Lexington describes Hull’s drive-in as iconic, and he’s right, people have been loving this theatre since its beginning. With that said, in all the years of the drive-in’s operation, the land in which it sits has been leased from the Hostetter family, and now, for the first time the Hostetter Family Trust, who have owned the land for over a century are willing to sell.
“Last year they did decide that they want to preserve this as a drive-in so they’re willing to sell it to the nonprofit, but we have an agreement to complete the purchase by September of this year or the option goes away.”Lauren Summers, Executive Director of Hull’s Angels Inc.
What does this truly mean for Lexington’s Hull’s Drive-in if purchased in time by nonprofit, Hull’s Angels, Inc.?
“It will protect and preserve the drive-in history for generations to come because then there will be no chance of someone else coming in and making an offer to purchase the land from the owners that might be an offer that they can’t refuse.”Lauren Summers, Executive Director of Hull’s Angels Inc.
The Hulls Drive-in family and those that love the nostalgic theatre are asking for your help to raise the funding they need by September 1st, 2021. They are one-third of the way there with a $350,000 goal.
“That means we’re 2/3 of the way to go and we really need people to remember that this is sort of a once in a lifetime opportunity, that this might not happen again. This family has very generously agreed to sell this land at a very fair price and we need to make this happen this year.”Matt Paxton, Publisher and Owner of the News Gazette in Lexington
If you want to make sure that this drive-in and community staple is preserved for years to come, you can participate in the Save Hull’s Land Campaign by clicking here.