806 28th Street,
806 28th Street,Milford, IA 51351
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Boxoffice, Nov. 18, 1950: “MILFORD, IOWA - The Strand Theatre and the Lakeview (sic) Drive-In here have been sold by H. A. Parrott. James Travis, the new owner, is son-in-law of R. V. Fletcher, Hartington, Neb., exhibitor.”
That “Lakeview” was probably a mistake. The 1952 Theatre Catalog lists the Lakeland, capacity 300 cars, owner Jim Travis.
A closer address (at least for Google) is 806 28th Street, Milford, IA. Today, a housing edition occupies the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining. http://tinyurl.com/h4rrxlb
H.A. Parrots launched his 275-car drive-in on September 2, 1948. It was called the Lakeland due to it proximity to the Spirit and Okoboji Lakes. Nearby entertainment also included the Okoboji Speed Bowl where race nights drew loyal crowds. The largest crowd was 2,500 people who came out for a Democratic political rally in 1950. The Drive-In was knocked over in a wind storm in 1952 but rebuilt.
But the ozoner became known for the First Lutheran Church claimed to have the longest-running church services held at a Drive-In beginning at the Lakeland Drive-In on May 22, 1949. Started by Rev. Gordon Smedstrude of the Evangelical Lutheran Church-in in Storm Lake, the practice continued at other northwest Iowa drive-ins including Storm Lake’s Corral Drive-In. Though the drive-in was demolished, the services continued into the 2010s.
And the ozoner had a battle of the bands contests with one of the winning bands discovered at the Lakeland D-I which would go on to the Iowa Music Hall of Fame in The Castels, winner of the 1963 contest.
This drive-in was located where the Okoboji Village mobile home park is now at 806 28th St.
in My 1956 Motion picture almanac it was listed as LAKE LAND Drive-in,Not that it really matters.
Central States Theaters Corp. was in the Paramount .in Des Moines, Iowa. Myron N. Blank was President, they had 70 theaters in Iowa and Nebraska.
Can anyone come up with an address or crossroads? More info and photos are always welcome.
For what it is worth, this theater’s name is spelled “Lakeland” on the Drive-ins.com site, but unfortunately there are no pictures or handbills posted there that would allow a verification of which spelling is correct.