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Huntington Drive-In Auctions Off

An auction was held for the Huntington Drive-in. It's one of the longest running drive-in theaters in the state.
The Huntington drive-in is one of the longest running drive-ins in Indiana. Built in 1950, this summer would have been their 64th year in business.

"I’m not sure what were gonna do yet we still have to negotiate with these people," said John Detzler about today’s auction.

Detzler and his wife Nelly have owned the place since 2001.

"We been here for twelve years and we spent a lot of hours here and a lot of hard work and we put thousands and thousands of dollars in the place to maintain it," said Nelly Detzler.

The couple hoped to auction off the 17 acre lot and all its equipment for $200,000. Bidders were few and dollars were short. The highest bid was $170,000. John and Nelly didn’t accept.

"If nothing else we thought there would be a lot more curiosity seekers, people wanting to know what’s gonna happen or not happen, that's a little disappointing," said John Detzler.

They aren’t sure what to do next. However, they have made it clear that they want the next owners to do.

"We would prefer it to stay a drive-in. Also we're at the point where whatever brings the most revenue in,” said John Detzler. “They could re-zone it for warehouses, apartment.”

And it has to happen fast.

"They need to get it open as soon as possible to get a full season in," he said.

There will be more negotiations with the current high bidders. The drive-in could be under ownership of a couple in New Hampshire who also own other drive-ins. They were not present at today’s auction.

“To me losing the drive-in is like losing a best friend. I feel its best for me and my husband to move on.”

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