Airline Drive-In 2

2870 IN-32,
Winchester, IN 47394

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Airline Drive-In 2

The Airline Auto Theatre was opened prior to 1949. It became the Airline Drive-In and was later twinned. It is located on East Washington Street (State Route 32 East). This twin screen drive-in has a capacity for 500 cars. It was closed by Teicher Theatres in 2014. It was renovated and reopen late-summer 2016.

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focus on July 21, 2005 at 12:09 pm

I worked at the Airline as a projectionist back in the early 80’s. At that time Mike Make the owner operated the Drive-In as a single screen. The Drive-In was built by Mike’s parents who retired and turned the drive-in over to their son.

Mr. Make operated the theater up in till the early 90’s when he sold the drive-in to a new owner. I do not know that owners name, but one interesting transformation that occured, was he planted X-mas trees on the outer are of the drive-in and sold X-mas trees there in the winter.

In the mid to late 90’s Teicher Theaters out of Troy, OH. bought the drive-in. Teicher twined the drive-in sometime in the 2002 season. His company currently operates the drive-in weekly with first run films and the community patronizes the drive-in very heavly.

shoeshoe14 on April 12, 2007 at 3:46 pm

This site is re-opening on April 20, 2007 under Teicher Theatres as the Airline Drive-In 2.

jwmovies on August 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The E Wshington address does not map correctly. Use the State road 32. Google maps will have you land right at the box office!

Chris1982 on June 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm

This drive-in was listed as open in 1949 with the name at that time being the Air Line Auto Theatre. By the mid-1970’s it was known as the Air Line Drive-In Theatre.

Chris1982 on September 21, 2014 at 2:38 am

According to the Teicher Theatre websie all their theatres are closed.

NeonMichael on July 22, 2017 at 4:29 pm

From the horse’s mouth on Facebook:

It’s Hummel Drive-in. Thanks for asking. As far as we are aware of, it’s the only Hummel Drive-in that is remotely close to this name or spelling, so hopefully the spelling with a “s” or no “s”, won’t confuse people to much! Thanks for reaching out to us and please spread the word.

NeonMichael on July 22, 2017 at 4:31 pm

The drive-in is now called the Hummel Drive-In (Facebook page title) or Hummel’s Drive-In (sign on the concession stand, posted as its Facebookavatar) or Hummels Drive In (title of its web site home page). As of July 2017, it’s only using one screen.

The Air Line Auto (exec: Arthur Kemp, cap. 300) showed up in the 1948-49 Theatre Catalog. The next year, the Catalog listed Kemp as exec of the Winchester Auto Theatre (cap. 400) and Louis Werzel in charge of the Air Line Dr. Wonder what that was about? I don’t have any other mentions of the Winchester, so I’d guess Catalog confusion or ownership transition.

In the 1952 edition, the exec was Mike Make, the capacity 400. By the 1955-56 edition, it was the Airline Auto.

The 1959-88 IMPAs had Make at the Airline Auto (or just Airline), cap. 500.

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