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Thieves steal 1100 speakers from drive in theater 14 Jul 2013 05:39 #40139

  • Ken Layton
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Thieves got onto the field of the South Drive-In Theater (which is a twin screen) in Columbus, Ohio and stole nearly 1,100 speakers off of the poles by cutting the cables and lanyards.

Here is the news story:

www.nbc4i.com/story/22833761/1060-speake...rom-drive-in-theater

The theater has a Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/Southdrivein
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Thieves steal 1100 speakers from drive in theater 14 Jul 2013 08:25 #40140

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Interesting story Ken. I thought most DIs today transmitted their sound to car radios anyway.
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Thieves steal 1100 speakers from drive in theater 14 Jul 2013 23:53 #40143

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is there no end to the jerks in this world
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Thieves steal 1100 speakers from drive in theater 15 Jul 2013 16:21 #40145

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revrobor wrote:
Interesting story Ken. I thought most DIs today transmitted their sound to car radios anyway.

They do, and this one does, too.

Some, with working speaker systems, have kept them going. There's one up here, that's had FM since 1989. They still run their original speaker system, including '50s vintage RCA tube amplifiers.

Hard to say how many people really use the speakers, but they provide a great ambiance in the field. I noticed that right away, when I pulled mine. Were it not for maintenance and theft issues, I probably would have kept them. Unfortunately, too many people want them for souvenirs and Ebay items, and are willing to steal to get them.

Ken didn't mention it, but he was once touched by the problem. Years ago, a drive-in he worked at got hit. He spotted an Ebay listing, with the red-painted speakers he was missing. Police were able to get the listers address from Ebay and, if I recall, found the guy with the theatre's speakers in his trunk.
Last Edit: 15 Jul 2013 16:26 by rodeojack.
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