I’ve been asked by the owners of a still functioning drive-in theatre near my hometown of Tiffin, Ohio, to restore the original neon design to the front of the 60’ by 60’ screen tower. The Field of Dreams Drive-In, originally named the “Tiffin Drive-In” is a few miles north of Tiffin on Route 53.  The neon on the front tower was an early inspiration to me--family piled up in the station wagon on a Saturday night for a double feature—it certainly lit the way to my career as an artist using neon. There are other connections I’ve discovered.  Turns out, I have known the daughter of the original designer/maker since high school.  She is also my aunt’s god-daughter.  

You can donate to the restoration on Facebook, on Go Fund Me or send checks to Historic Drive In Theater Revitalization Fund, V602 County Road 6, Liberty Center, OH 43532.  Donations are tax deductible.     

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To the right, photos showing the original installation.  The neon was removed decades ago but all the tube supports were left in place on the screen tower. All the high voltage transformers are still mounted in place, some up very high inside.  There will be about 600 feet of neon manufactured and installed for the restoration which is being done in stages as funding comes in. 

The restoration has been divided into five phases. Phase A was completed August 2, 2019. The plan is to install Phase B in October, 2019. We still need about $70,000 to complete the neon which is coming through grants and corporate and individual donations.

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After months of searching, a photo of the original neon was discovered.


 

 








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My work bench soon to be airborne.

















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Newly installed neon.

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Me standing under the lighting of Phase A.