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ESTHERVILLE IA MOVIE THEATER

Taken over by Fridley Theatres in , they closed it in Contributed by Ken McIntyre. Thirty years later, the abandoned screen was dismantled and taken to the Superior 71 Drive-in in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Central Avenue just outside of town. Login or Sign up. You must login before making a comment. The space drive-in was owned by three partners in Stan Richey, Lester Larsen and Merlyn Clark of Wallingford had a centralized speaker system.

Just a note to all concerned-The final season for The Chief Drive-In was not ;It was as I was 17 that year and spent many nights out there with my girlfriend and friends! The space drive-in was owned by three partners in Stan Richey, Lester Larsen and Merlyn Clark of Wallingford had a centralized speaker system. The theatre was just SW of this location. Johnson acquired property to conceive of a more modern drive-in theater concept for Estherville but it would take a couple of years. In , the theater was taken over by Fridley Theatres Circuit along with the downtown Grand Theatre. Recent comments view all 5 comments. Central Avenue just outside of town.

Taken over by Fridley Theatres inthey closed it in Veteran exhibitors Charles W.

And the concession stand built on Highway 9 was open generally 5p-1a for anyone whether they went to the film. The theatre was just SW of this location.

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estherivlle Central Avenue just outside of town. The estherviple drive-in was owned by three partners in Stan Richey, Lester Larsen and Merlyn Clark of Wallingford had a centralized speaker system. You must login before making a comment. Also inthe theater went into concessions on the premises in a more serious way incorporating a pizza oven as America was just beginning a nationwide pizza boom.

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You can still see the outline of the drive-in, the ramps and the screen foundation. Thirty years later, the abandoned screen was dismantled and taken to the Superior 71 Drive-in in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

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Kenmore on August 10, at 6: Inthe managers of the Chief from to — Laddie Kozak and his wife — bought the theater from the Fridleys and steered it to its closure in On June 23,a storm blew over the telephone-pole screen which closed the theater for nearly two months but did allow for a real screen to be built anchored in 80 tons of concrete. The drive-in theater and restaurant closed for the season on October 2, with the theater promising a better experience for Just a note to all concerned-The final season for The Chief Drive-In was not ;It was as I was 17 that year and spent many nights out there with my girlfriend and friends!

Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater? Johnson acquired property to conceive of a more modern drive-in theater concept for Estherville but it would take a couple of years. It reopened as the Chief Drive-In July 9, Inthe theater was taken over by Fridley Theatres Circuit along with the downtown Grand Theatre.

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Locals inform that the original concession stand still can be found on Highway 9. But bya construction permit was authorized and the Hi-Land Drive-In Theatre was built and another permit allowed a nearby and disconnected concession stand. Inthe theater bought in-car heaters so that it could operate in colder months on weekends.

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Contributed by Ken McIntyre. But that may have just been too much to consider for the operators.

There was a low power AM radio concept so that patrons could listen on their car radios. Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater. They used an indoor type of theater screen but still supported by telephone poles. The theater hit is stride during the calendar year.