Kato Twin Star Drive-In

101 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive,
Mankato, MN 56001

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Previous Names: Kato Outdoor Drive-In, Kato Star Drive-In

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Opened as the Kato Outdoor Drive-In in 1950. It was later renamed the Kato Star Drive-In. It was twinned in 1978 and became the Kato Twin Star Drive-In. Car capacity was 386 and the drive-in closed in 1988. It was demolished in 2002.

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brattybrat on November 9, 2015 at 10:36 pm

600 Summit Avenue
Mankato, MN 56001

Chris1982 on November 10, 2015 at 4:54 am

Now Affordable Towing, No sign of the former drive-in.

jwmovies on November 23, 2016 at 10:36 pm

Bratty is correct.

The address for this Drive-in is 600 Summit Avenue, Mankato MN.

Please update.

elizabev on February 15, 2017 at 3:13 pm

jwmovies – was there ever a drive-in movie theater in Mankato, MN on Highway 14 East?? I have vivid memories of going to movies frequently but not at the Summit Avenue location described above. I am having a hard time finding anything remotely to do with a Highway 14 location. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

elizabev on February 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Okay, jwmovies – I found information on the Highway 14 location, but it is not at all the time frame I remember. Man, it stinks getting old, but I am. =) I didn’t want you to take unnecessary time looking this up for me, but thanks anyway. =)

davidcoppock on February 17, 2017 at 9:33 am

“Is there anything on that now?”

kennerado on May 12, 2020 at 10:48 am

This drive-in did not exist at this location in 1950, it doesn’t even show up until a 1991 aerial photo! It’s not there in a 1973 aerial either so it seems like it was actually opened in 1978 or it moved locations and opened as a twin at this address.

kennerado on August 27, 2023 at 5:30 am

OK, the original 1 screen location that opened in 1950 was located at the current address of 101 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Mankato. Its present in aerials from 1949 (probably still under construction) until 1973. A medical clinic now occupies the site.

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