The first movies to play on a new screen at Haar’s Drive-In and Auction in York County were a hit, according to the theater company’s president.
“The screen looks great,” said Haar’s president, Vickie Hardy, who is a granddaughter of original founder and owner Vance Haar. “The overall response (from customers) was good, they liked the picture and liked the quality of the new screen.”
The new screen replaces the original installed by Vance Haar in 1952.
Carroll Township-based Haar’s, one of three drive-in theaters left in the midstate, discovered this year it needed to replace the wooden screen instead of repair it, as had been planned.
That spurred an ambitious effort to tear down and replace the screen in five days so that the theater didn’t lose any days showing movies. The old screen was torn down July 17, with the new steel screen built and ready for testing by July 21. The theater welcomed back guests to watch movies on the new screen Friday.
The theater shows first-run, double-feature movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during the summer.
The hectic construction schedule was unaffected by a fire at the site halfway through the project. The fire was far enough from the screen not to cause any delays in construction.
Attendance admittedly wasn’t great for the new screen’s debut, but that stemmed from the weather, which was in the high 80s and low 90s.
“It was just too hot,” Hardy said. “That really has an effect.”
Investing in the new screen allows the theater to stay in business for the foreseeable future under the direction of Vance Haar’s descendants.
“We are looking forward to many years of showing fabulous movies under the stars,” Hardy said.