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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
A bid is being considered by the owners of the Huntington Drive-in.

Drive-in owners mull bid

Huntington spot auctioned Sunday

A bid to buy the Huntington Twin Drive-In is being negotiated after the complex was put on the auction block Sunday.

Alan Updike of Scheerer McCullough Auctoneers said 15 or 16 people showed up to bid on the drive-in theater. One of those bids caught the attention of owners John and Nellie Detzler, Updike said. Talks are now under way to come to an agreeable price, he added.

While he declined to disclose the offer, Updike said he and the owners knew offers would be minimal because of the type of property it is.

The drive-in, on 17 acres at the corner of Condit Street and Old Business Highway 24, has been for sale since last year.

John Detzler told The Journal Gazette for a story Saturday that several people have shown interest in the property but “nobody has made us a legitimate offer.”

Whether the property will remain a drive-in theater is uncertain. Several challenges have faced the industry over the years. Most recently, buying digital projectors, which can cost upward of $80,000, is a hurdle faced by nearly all independent movie theaters.