North Star Drive-In

4301 WI-16,
Onalaska, WI 54650

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Previously operated by: Marcus Theatres

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The North Star Drive-In opened May 22, 1953, with George Montgomery in “Jack McCall, Desperado”. It was described as being 3 miles North of La Crosse off Highway 16. It was first operated by Phillip Dyer & Peter Reinhard & Associates.

It was taken over by Marcus Theatres on June 1, 1959 and they closed the North Star Drive-In on July 14, 1986, with “Ghostbusters” and “Back to the Future”.

The building and screen were demolished in June 1990 and the site is said to be near the present-day Target Store.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

LeslieB on August 30, 2018 at 10:00 am

It was purchased by Marcus Theatres on June 1, 1959. The purchase agreement said it was a 500 car drive-in.

rivest266 on January 15, 2019 at 4:13 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock on January 15, 2019 at 7:12 pm

Opened with “The silver-whip”.

jwmovies on March 21, 2019 at 12:52 am

The address above is incorrect. That was the entrance road. Theater Rd. did not exist when this theater was open. The address for this drive in was 4301 WI-16, Onalaska, WI 54650. This points to where the entrance road met the highway.

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