Lake Park Drive-In

5606 2nd Avenue West,
Williston, ND 58801

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Lake Park Drive-In

The Lake Park Drive-In was a single screen drive-in with a capacity for 450 cars. It was opened in late-1952. This was the only operating drive-in in North Dakota when it closed in 2012. It was soon demolished.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

It was owned by Snyder in 1956.

jwmovies on October 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in is 5730 2nd Avenue West.

Melissa Koppinger
Melissa Koppinger on August 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

The Lake Park closed last year and just in the past few weeks was taken down. Here is the webpage reporting it from the Bismarck Tribune:

Kenmore on June 8, 2016 at 8:51 am

A closer address (at least for Google) is 5606 2nd Avenue West, Williston, ND. There is nothing left save for the outline and the ramps.

klnine on September 27, 2017 at 11:32 pm

I dated the owners daughter , she took me here on first date ! Such special memories Mike Dowen

davidcoppock on September 28, 2017 at 8:49 am

When did this drive-in open?

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on July 3, 2023 at 2:16 pm

Anybody got the final night of operation in 2012?

Kenmore on July 3, 2023 at 3:14 pm

A gas station on the north side has expanded to take up part of the property. The rest has been razed leaving behind no trace that a drive-in ever existed.

davidcoppock on July 4, 2023 at 3:12 am

Sometime in the 1950’s, the screen was damaged by a tornado. The movie advertised on the marquee that night was “Gone with the wind”.

MichaelKilgore on July 4, 2023 at 8:32 am

Signs that point to a late 1952 opening for the Lake Park:

The Exhibitor, Sept. 17, 1952: “Ralph Pielow’s Quad States Theatre Service will handle the buying and booking for the new Lake Park Drive-In, Williston, N. D., owned by John Snyder and son. Pielow also handles the buying and booking for Snyder’s two conventional houses in Williston.”

Boxoffice, Oct. 25, 1952: “Williston, N. D. - Construction is progressing rapidly on the new 492-car Lake Park Drive-In, by the Snyder Theatre Co.”

Boxoffice, Jan. 10, 1953: (in a list of drive-ins opened in 1952) “Williston, Lake Park, 500 cars, Snyder Theatre Co.”

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