I really enjoyed the article on the Shelton Skyline Drive-In. Fred Thibodeau owned the drive-in in Shelton and the indoor McCleary Theater in McCleary. The cost to see a movie was 25 cents for kids and 50 cents for adults and a little bit more for a special show. Merle and Sarah Stoney owned and ran the McCleary Theater for about seven years, selling to Fred in the mid-1960s.
I worked for Fred at the Shelton Drive-In when staff was short and at the McCleary Theater, sometimes at both places. I think I was paid $1.25 per hour and did a lot of different jobs. (I paid a baby sitter 75 cents an hour for two children.) Fred sold the theater and it became an auction house, later destroyed by fire. The city of McCleary now owns the lot the theater sat on.
They were characters, but they were good to me and made me work hard and always stressed, “If you do a day’s work, you get a day’s pay” and “Always be honest to your customers.” If someone burned the popcorn, you told your customers and gave it away free.