Highway 18 Outdoor Theater

Highway 18 and Highway 89,
Jefferson, WI 53549

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Highway 18 Outdoor Theater

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The Highway 18 Outdoor Theater opened in 1953, was later closed but was restored and reopened in 2000. It is located at W6423 Highway 18 (corner of Highway 18 and Highway 89).

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MrDriveIn on December 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm

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LouisRugani on August 11, 2010 at 4:06 pm

October 25, 1968)
Sprague Theater Sold at Elkhorn

ELKHORN – Dan Kelliher, owner and operator of Sprague Theatre here for the past 46 years, has sold the business to James K. Anderson, Whitewater. Possession will be given Nov. 1. Anderson is a part owner of the Strand Theater in Whitewater, the Fort Theater in Fort Atkinson and the Highway 18 Outdoor Theater near Jefferson. He managed the Strand Theater for eight years.
A former cashier of the First Citizens State Bank of Whitewater, Anderson is now in the investment business. He will manage the theater here but does not plan to move to Elkhorn. He has a summer home at Lauderdale Lakes.
Kelliher purchased the former Princess Theater here in 1922 and has presented the Elkhorn movies for 46 of the 58 years they have been shown.
Mr. and Mrs. Kelliher were originally from Mt. Horeb.
The present Sprague Theater was completed in 1928. The first “talking picture” was shown in 1929. During various portions of his business career Kelliher also leased or owned theaters at Lake Geneva, East Troy, Burlington and Delavan.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Video Tour of the Highway 18 drive-in movie theater. Very informative!


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm

It parked 500 cars and was owned by Walter Baier.In 1956.

Trolleyguy on April 30, 2011 at 7:31 am

This theater has now gone digital.

A lot more is involved than installing new equipment. To prevent dust intrusion, the projection booth had to be sealed and air-conditioned.

familymanx on July 3, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Discriminated against my jeep compass. They made us park in back with two or three empty rows in front of us. I tried to move and explained to them my jeep is as low as the cars next to me but refused to let me stay or talk to the manager. Toilet didn’t work and someone left a floater. The bathrooms were dirty. The concession cashier was really rude. Popcorn was burnt and did not offer free refills on anything. $1.75 refill for a large $4.50 drink. It was a BAD BAD experience. They are selling the drive-in idea…not the quality.

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