New Albany Drive-In

2239 State Street,
New Albany, IN 47150

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Previous Names: Drive-In

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New Albany Drive-In

The Drive-In was opened July 9, 1954 with Mitzi Gaynor in “Three Young Texans”, William Holden in “Escape from Fort Bravo” & John Wayne in “Island in the Sky”. It was operated by Schuler Baird. This was a single screen theatre, that sat on the hill behind the current super pets building. It was closed on September 5,1994 with Sam Neill in “Jurassic Park” and Tom Hanks in “Forest Gump”. It had been demolished by 1998.

The space is now a Home Depot and its parking lot.

Contributed by Matt Kemp

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Matt, in 1956 it was owned by S. Baird.

qscott86 on January 26, 2011 at 7:45 pm

This theater operated up until the mid 1990s because I went to it a few times as a kid.

Movieman65 on January 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I saw paper moon, services, and save the tiger in ‘74

Movieman65 on January 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Serpico, not services.

JeffClark on June 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

It was there in the mid-80’s. Had the FM radio setting but still retained the speakers.

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 8:44 am

July 9th, 1954 grand opening ad in photo section.

code3mmc on April 22, 2016 at 10:14 pm

Those films “Wolf” and “Wyatt Earp” were both released in 1994, so I guess the New Albany was still there at that time

kennerado on December 6, 2019 at 3:35 am

A 1992 aerial shows it still intact with screen and by 1998 it was levelled with no trace left. Probably closed between 1994 and 1998.

50sSNIPES on April 10, 2023 at 2:28 pm

The New Albany Drive-In opened its gates on July 9, 1954 with Jeff Hunter in “Three Young Texans”, William Holden in “Escape From Fort Bravo”, and John Wayne in “Island In The Sky” with no extra short subjects.

The New Albany Drive-In looks like it closed for the final time on September 5, 1994 with “Jurassic Park” and “Forrest Gump” as its final films. A 1995 article said that the drive-in didn’t reopen in mid-1995.

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