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There were nearly 70 drive-in theaters operating in Iowa in the 1950's. Since that time 94% of them have closed leaving only 4 operating drive-ins in the state. There is good news though as Iowa has a 'new' drive-in with the Blurgrass Drive-in located in Bluegrass, Iowa. The Bluegrass just opened in 2014 and gives us hope that we may see additional new drive-ins in the future.

Open Drive-ins

Blue Grass Drive-in Theater
774 W Mayne St
Blue Grass, IA 52726

One of the newest drive-ins in the country, the Blue Grass Drive-in just opened in 2014. It was built by a family who had owned several drive-ins in ...more about Blue Grass Drive-in Theater
61 Drive-in
1228 U.S Hwy 61
Delmar, IA 52037

The 61 Drive-in is the smallest of Iowa's remaining drive-ins and one of the smallest remaining drive-ins in the country for that matter. It can park...more about 61 Drive-in
Valle Drive-in Theater
4074 Highway F48
Newton, IA 50208

The oldest of Iowa's remaining drive-ins, the Valle Drive-in was opened way back in 1948. It has had four sets of owners through the years but has be...more about Valle Drive-in Theater
Superior 71 Drive-in
1482 300th Ave
Spirit Lake , IA 51360

The Superior 71 Drive-in is a relatively new drive-in. It was constructed in 2008 on a former farm field by Gaylord and Pam Kemp (who still own and o...more about Superior 71 Drive-in

Permanantly Closed Drive-ins

Hillcrest Drive-in
9614 University Avenue
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

After 25 years in operation, the lights went out at the Hillcrest Drive-in for the last time in 2000. The Hillcrest was popular because of its triple...more about Hillcrest Drive-in
Council Bluffs Drive-in Theater
1130 South Omaha Bridge Road
Council Bluffs, IA 50613


Grand View Drive-in Theater
15505 County Road-G44X
Letts, IA 52754

We were excited when the Grandview Drive-in opened as it was one of the few new drive-ins in the 2000's. Sadly though, this drive-in only lasted 7 ye...more about Grand View Drive-in Theater
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