Emmett Drive-In

3395 S. Johns Avenue,
Emmett, ID 83617

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Emmett Drive-In

The Emmett Drive-In was possibly built in 1949, but not opened. It opened on April 11, 1950 when it was operated by Virgil Odell & Paul Charters. The opening movie was Myrna Loy in “The Red Pony”. It was still open in the late-1970’s. Now several residences on the site.

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MichaelKilgore on March 27, 2023 at 11:20 pm

Boxoffice, April 15, 1950: “EMMET (sic), IDA. – Virgil Odell and Preston Capell of Nampa have purchased the Emmet Drive-In on South Johns and will open it after completing extensive improvements. The theatre was purchased from Paul Charters. Improvements at the ozoner will include new restrooms, new projection booth and new equipment.”

Boxoffice, March 17, 1951: “Virgil Odell, operator of the Emmett Drive-In, opened the outdoorer (for the season) March 9. The screen tower has been remodeled and new lens installed.”

Kenmore on March 29, 2023 at 1:17 pm

A closer address is 3395 S Johns Ave, Emmett, ID.

Google Maps has updated the addresses and this puts it right on the property.

The drive-in appears intact and perhaps operational in 1981, but had been demolished by 1992. Today, the property is occupied by two private residences with little, if any evidence that a drive-in once existed.

The projector booth/concession stand was in the front row. It may (operative word: may) still be standing or its foundation was used to support another building of the same size as that is present.


MichaelKilgore on March 5, 2024 at 3:25 am

According to a ad two days earlier in the (Boise) Idaho Statesman, the Emmett held its grand opening on April 11, 1950. Its first movie was “The Red Pony.”

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