Minnesota Drive-ins

Back during the late 50's heyday of America's outdoor cinemas,
Minnesota was home to nearly 80 Drive-in theatres, 92% of which
have since gone dark or been demolished. Here are recent closings
and Minnesota's 6 Drive-ins you can still enjoy and help to preserve:

  • Blaine (Anoka County) Minnesota
    65 HI Drive-in:    ON DEATH ROW!
    formerly located at 10100 Central Ave N.E. {Hwy65}

    This mid-sized 500-car single screener just outside of the
    TwinCities   had been   open seasonally for the past fifteen
    years under the close watch of Irv Braverman, an old hand
    who had acquired his first Dr'in (Coon Rapids) back in 1961.
    Located now out along the Lost Hiway,   it will not reopen for
    Season 2002 .. nor for any other Season .. going, sold, gone;
    the only thing rising from its ashes is a housing development.

  • Cottage Grove (Washington County) Minnesota
    Cottage View Drive-in:  651-458-5965
    located at 9338 S.E. Point Douglas Road

    This is Minnesota's largest remaining Drive-in, with parking
    for nearly 1,000 cars, and is nicely representative of classic
    Drive-ins of the 50's and 60's, with remnants of a playground,
    neon marquee, well-maintained concession area, even some
    traditional speakers down in the front rows; primary sound
    is provided by an AM (540) and FM (107.5) vicinity broadcast.
    Admission:  $5 per person - for all ages 12&up; under12 free.

  • Lake Elmo (Washington County) Minnesota
    Vali Hi Drive-in:  651-436-7464
    located on I-94 at Manning

    Single screen Drive-in open seasonally (April-September) and
    screening TRIPLE features for 500 cars; soundtrack on AM & FM
    local vicinity broadcast (item: arcade style B&W photo booth!).

  • Litchfield (Meeker County) Minnesota
    Starlite Drive-in:  320-693-6990
    located at 28264 Highway 22 (Xroads of 22 & 12)

    A restored drive-in that reopened with the '98 season and
    which remains in operation as a 4-screener with FM Dolby
    Stereo broadcasting of the movie audio for all 4 screens
    (with a 5th screen being added summer of Season 2002).
    Admission:   $4 adults; $2 children aged 6-12; under 6: free.

  • Long Prairie (Todd County) Minnesota
    Long Drive-in Theatre:  320-732-3142
    located on North Highway 71

    Single screen drive-in which opened up in 1956, with parking for
    350 cars; open weekends only, screening double features. Has
    traditional drive-in speakers plus AM & FM vicinity broadcasting
    for the movie soundtrack. Admission: $4.50 adults; $1 ages 6-11.

  • Luverne (Rock County) Minnesota
    Verne Drive-in:  507-283-0007
    located at 327 West Warren Street, off US75
    (¾ mi south of I-90 on US75, south of town)

    Under new ownership, the Verne was recently restored, and
    reopened in Season 2K.   They are screening Double features
    on a single screen each nite of the week during peak season.
    Admission: $5 adults; ages 11 and under are admitted free.

  • Minneapolis (Anoka County) Minnestota

    see:  Blaine, Minnesota

  • Warren (Marshall County) Minnesota
    Sky-Vu Drive-in: 218-745-4161
    located on Route 1 West

    Single screen drive-in open seasonally, weekends only, from
    Memorial Day thru the 2nd weekend in September. Their format
    alternates between screening single features & double features.
    Admission:  ages 12&up $5.50;  children ages 6-12 $3.00

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