Thinking Outside the Screen: John Watzke and the Ocala Drive-in

Thinking Outside the Screen: John Watzke and the Ocala Drive-in

Daylight was already sinking down the main screen when I arrived at the Ocala Drive-in. Owner John Watzke had agreed to meet for an interview but was running late, leaving me time to explore. Walking around a drive-in during the day feels like being backstage at a theater; you have to be “in” to get invited.

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The Silver Moon Drive-In: A Side Hustle

The Silver Moon Drive-In: A Side Hustle

Like many twenty-six-year-olds, Chip Sawyer, a financial advisor for Publix Supermarkets with a master’s degree in Business Administration, has a side hustle—he owns two of Florida’s seven remaining drive-in movie theatres. The soft-spoken, curly-haired Sawyer inherited the Silver Moon and Joy-Lan Drive-ins after his grandfather’s death in 2017.  I met him in his office behind the Silver Moon’s original, 1948 screen.

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