51 Outdoor Theater

1201 Post Road,
Plover, WI 54467

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51 Outdoor Theater

The theater opened on May 19, 1949.

The theater was owned and operated by Badger Outdoor Theaters of Minneapolis.

The capacity was 450 cars.

The theater entrance was on Highway 51 (now Business 51) and the exit was on Tommys Turnpike (Theatre Drive). It was still open in 1992, but had closed and was demolished by the mid to late-1990’s.

Contributed by Ed Wilke

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edwilke on January 25, 2007 at 5:09 pm

Here’s a link with a picture of the 51 Outdoor Theater.

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edwilke on March 8, 2007 at 12:20 pm

The 51 Outdoor Theater is where I thought it was. The entrance and exit road of the theater is called Theater Dr. (The road is still there behind the bar.) The exit went out to Tommys Turnpike.

Here are some links.

Aerial photo 1992

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Topographical map 1976

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There is presently an empty grocery store on the site.

About half of the ramps from the theater are still there. I saw them on a recent aerial view of the property from map quest.

edwilke on October 9, 2007 at 9:30 pm

The drive-in was operating in 1977, the drive-in closed for the season on November 13, 1977. The last movies for that season were “Maniac” and “Cannonball”.

MrDriveIn on December 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm

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heritagepubstpt on May 8, 2013 at 2:14 am

I am the co-owner of a small business in downtown Stevens Point. We display historic photos and memorabilia of Stevens Point/Plover at our place. We would love to know where we can find a copy of the documentary for the Fox Theater. Thank you!

heritagepubstpt on May 8, 2013 at 2:16 am

edwilke – the aerial photo and topographical map are no longer available via the links provided :(

edwilke on September 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

It’s a master thesis… The Grand Opera House of Stevens Point, 1894-1994 / by Russell F. Haines. It’s located in the UWSP library reference room, Call Number: F589.S76 H25 1995. There is a book and VHS.

I’m researching for the 2 missing links…

Mmandarano on September 25, 2013 at 9:09 am

Using the following address maps closest to this drive-in’s location: 1251 US 51 Business, Plover, WI

jwmovies on March 20, 2019 at 5:05 am

A more accurate address for this theater is now 1201 Post Rd, Plover, WI 54467. This points directly to the entrance road for the drive in and the former grocery store.

Please update.

50sSNIPES on September 14, 2019 at 6:49 am

Still In Operational In 1992, Demolished Sometime In The Mid-Late 1990’s, And Now A Parking Lot Now Sits In The Abandoned Outline.

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