GARRETT, Ind. (WANE) — Sections of the Auburn Garrett Drive-In screen were heavily damaged by the storms that swept through northeast Indiana Monday afternoon.
A portion of the main screen was torn away, and the base comprised of metal fencing just below the screen suffered heavy damage as well.
The company notified people via its Facebook page that it will be “done for the year.”
Julie Yarde, owner of the drive-in, was at her printing business, JY Design & Print Inc., next to the drive-in when she noticed the storm approaching. She said she saw the storm destroy the drive-in from the window of the building.
“We’re going to tear it down and get some contractor to come and rebuild it,” Yarde said. “It’s going to be here, and we want it to be here forever.”
A GoFundMe account was started Aug. 31 by Laura Glaser, Yarde’s daughter-in-law, and has already exceeded its initial goal of $3,000 after an anonymous donor matched that goal with a single donation.
Yarde said she hopes to have the drive-in rebuilt, renovated and ready for next year.
“I love the drive-in, and a lot of people do,” Yarde said. “I don’t want to see it go.”
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