Milton-Freewater Drive-In to celebrate 50th anniversary

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The M-F Drive-In Theater will cruise back in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary Thursday.

In honor of the operation's golden anniversary, the business will kick off its double feature with George Lucas's classic "American Graffiti." The coming-of-age film is set in the early 1960s and tells the story of one group of teenagers' final night before college as they cruise their California town.

The drive-in is owned by Dick and Loretta Spiess, who took over the business in 1961 and grew it into a family operation. For the anniversary special prices will roll back on everything from admission to snacks.

The cost for the double feature will be $5 per carload. "Cars 2" will be the second film. The operators also plan to sell 50th anniversary T-shirts.

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Speaking of movies in the great outdoors, Three Rivers Winery will host its second "Movie in the Vineyards" night Friday.

All ages are welcome for a viewing of "Bottle Shock" at the winery, 5641 Old U.S. Highway 12.

The 2008 flick from Funflicks tells the story of California's early winemaking days and features the famous 1976 blind wine tasting in Paris, won for the first time by a Napa Valley winery, according to an online description.

The movie begins in the outdoor amphitheater at dusk. Wines by the glass or bottle, as well as vignette nonalcoholic soda and bottled water will be available. Snacks, including cheese, crackers, olives, chocolates and other goodies, will also be available for purchase. The Pink Dog will offer Polish sausage and hot dogs for sale. No other alcohol may be brought to the site. Organizers suggest guests bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

Gates open at 8 p.m. The cost is $8 per person and includes popcorn. Children under 5 get in free. Advanced tickets purchased at wallawalladeals.com are two-for-one through the day of the movie. To purchase tickets there, visit ubne.ws/nx6yCS .

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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