National Outdoor Drive-In

7322 W. U.S. 40,
Indianapolis, IN 46229

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Located in the east Indianapolis district of Greenfield. The National Outdoor Drive-In was opened on August 20, 1952 with Rod Cameron in “Wagons West” & Leo Gorcey & Bowrey Boys in “Feudin' Fools”. It was operated by Jacob M. Smiler and United Film Booking Service. It was closed on September 3, 1984 with Clint Eastwood in “Tightrope”, Steve Guttenberg in “Police Academy”, Kevin Bacon in “Footloose” & Dan Monahan in “Porky’s”.

Now housing on the site. This address points to the drive in entrance barely visible but still there.

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fitznuggly on December 7, 2016 at 12:46 am

I went in here with a group of friends in 1991 everything was still there projectors, speakers on poles I mean everything. The screen was huge and had the national in cursive written on the back facing US 40. The screen also doubled as a house. The drive in itself probably could hold 1,000 cars it was a nice place..

dallasmovietheaters on December 10, 2021 at 8:46 am

Jacob M. Smiler built the National Drive-In to accommodated 1,100 cars with a mammoth 72-foot screen in 1955. It was the city’s 11th drive-in and it was deluxe with a swimming pool, a dance pavilion, two playgrounds for different sizes of kids, shuffleboard, skating rink and mini amusement park. It opened August 20, 1952 with Rod Cameron in “Wagons West” and the Bowery Boys in “Feudin' Fools.”

dallasmovietheaters on December 10, 2021 at 10:26 am

The National Outdoor Theatre went out in one of the greatest bills ever on September 2 into September 3, 1984, 1984 with “Tightrope,” “Police Academy,” “Footloose,” and the original “Porky’s.” We salute you, National! It was demolished in favor of the Oaks Village subdivision not long after.

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