Alfresco Drive-In

516 E. 5th Street North,
Heyburn, ID 83336

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Alfresco Drive-In

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The Alfresco Drive-In opened in the early-1950’s and was owned by Harris-Voeller Theatres. The drive-in closed in 1985 and was demolished in 1990. The theatre had a 350 car capacity.

Contributed by Chuck

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Kenmore
Kenmore on June 11, 2016 at 11:58 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is 516 E 5th St N, Heyburn, ID. A Century Cinemas has opened on part of the property, but you can still see the ramps. http://tinyurl.com/zmurf8b

OCRon
OCRon on June 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Corrected comment.
Founder I.H Harris found the Alfresco name from a Holiday magazine story.

In the 1950s the house sitting behind the Alfresco had one of the first and largest home theater screens in Idaho. It belonged to Irvin Harris, son of patriarch I.H. Harris, and had wired in sound and a large picture window for his family.

The last I heard the Century Cinemas was still owned by a third generation Robert. I am glad that the tradition is still being carried on

I worked at the Burley Theatre but filled in here one night as a projectionist. This was indeed a passion pit. Many more memories.

In 1980 Irv Harris and his wife Shirley recorded separate oral histories for the Idaho State Historical Society. Irv related a story about being Navy platoon mates with William Clay Ford, grandson of Henry Ford.
One day Irv’s father, I.H., came and said “that buddy of yours is in the newsreel.” When Irv finally saw the newsreel it was covering William Ford’s marriage to the Firestone girl (Martha Parke Firestone). Irv noted, “personally it was really something to me.”

Irv’s oral history is filled with many more insights to Harris-Voeller Theatres, dating from its founding in Evanston Wyoming in 1921.

Other movie theater oral histories available from the Idaho State Historical Society are:

Paul Demordaunt- Nuart Theatre, Blackfoot.
Bruce Gordon- Star Theatre, Weiser and Boise theaters.
Karen Cornwell- Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In.
Al “Port” Wagner – Blue Fox Theatre, Grangeville.
Richard Morris- Iris Theatre, American Falls; Sunset and Starlite Dive-Ins Pocatello/Chubbuck; Starlite Cinemas, Chubbuck.

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