Oelwein Drive-In

1874 105th Street,
Hazleton, IA 50641

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Previously operated by: Central States Theatres Corp

Previous Names: Drive-In

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1957

The Drive-In opened June 4, 1953 with Richard Widmark in “My Pal Gus”. Car capacity was 200 cars. It was operated by Central States Theatres and was still listed as open in the late-1970’s.

Contributed by Chris1982

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Kenmore
Kenmore on November 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

Found it. Located due south of town on the SW corner of 105th Street and Jackson Ave. Drive-In is now a private residence, but you can still see the screen foundation and some of the ramps are still visible. https://goo.gl/maps/9oPyC

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on January 31, 2019 at 4:22 pm

i also found a topo map on historical aerials from 1981 that lists a drive-in on that spot which means it was closed in the early 80s also it can be seen in a 1957 aerial.

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on January 31, 2019 at 4:23 pm

it’s a 1982 topo map actually

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on January 31, 2019 at 4:27 pm

just realized that the topo map puts the drivein on the oppisite side of the street what is seen in the 1957 aerial mistake you think?

Kenmore
Kenmore on January 31, 2019 at 6:11 pm

A more accurate address is 1874 105th St, Hazleton, IA 50641. That is the address of Miller’s Construction Inc. which now occupies the property.

https://goo.gl/maps/9oPyC

The 1982 topo map is not wrong. It puts the words “Drive-In Theater” on the SE side, but you can see the representation of the screen and projector booth/concession stand on the SW side of the intersection.

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