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Sunset Drive-In celebrating 75 years with special round of screenings

By Jade Leah Burns,


The Sunset Drive-In located in Waterford is celebrating their 75th anniversary.

The drive-in opened in June 1948. To celebrate, they are playing the first movie that they ever ran which is “The Westerner” with Gary Cooper.

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“The Westerner” will play after “The Little Mermaid” and “The Boogeyman” on Friday night only.

Dennis Koper started working at the drive-in in 1968. Now 18 years later, Dennis, along with his wife Margaret, bought the Erie staple. The Kopers explained that they look forward to weekends every week.

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“We enjoy it. It’s a lot of fun, you get to meet a lot of different people. We get a lot of people from Canada, Ohio and New York. Ones that come through from Florida and out west, they all stop here. You get a real good mix of people,” said Dennis Koper, owner of the Sunset Drive-In.

The gates open at 7 p.m. and the first movie starts at dusk. There will be baskets, shirts, mugs and season passes to give away on Friday night.

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