Ridge Drive-In

1000 W. Washington Street,
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

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Ridge Drive-In

Google maps points this address correctly to where the drive-in stood but it is listed as the restaurant to the west of this location on Polk Street. The Ridge Drive-In was opened in early-summer of 1953 when it was operated by M.L. Dickson.

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kennerado on May 20, 2020 at 3:02 pm

Approximate address is 1000 W Washington St. Lampline Lighting now occupies the site, it still retains the shape of the drive-in.

50sSNIPES on January 22, 2022 at 10:17 pm

The Ridge Drive-In Began Construction In October 1952 After Being Erected Several Months Prior. Originally Planned For A Capacity Of 400 Cars, The Tower Is Prefabricated And Is Brought In By Truck And Erected In Large Sections, And Arclights Of The Original Projector Were Burned With Such Intensity And Throw Out So Much Heat That They Must Be Watercooled.

Its Grand Opening Date Remains A Mystery As Of Now, But According To Papers, It Opened During The Second Quarter Of 1953.

50sSNIPES on October 12, 2022 at 3:11 pm

Closed in the late 1970s, and demolished in the early 1980s.

Kenmore on October 12, 2022 at 3:31 pm

kennerado is correct about the address which is 1000 W Washington St, Mt Pleasant, IA.

This places it right in the center of the drive-in. The previous address is the building just to the west.


50sSNIPES on August 23, 2023 at 4:34 pm

Solved! The Ridge Drive-In opened its gates on May 17, 1953 with Jean Peters in “Anne Of The Indies” and Walter Brennan in “Along The Great Divine” with no extra short subjects. It was first operated by M.L. Dickson. The Ridge Drive-In closed at the end of the 1978 season.

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