Bel Air Fly-In Drive-In

St. Ansgar, IA 50472

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This was one of the few drive-ins in the U.S. that accommodated viewing by airplane as well as by automobile. “Andy” Anderson opened the theater in the 1950s, after operating the Roxy theater in the same town. After a long run, the drive-in was closed in 1975.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 25, 2006 at 2:33 pm

Here is an article regarding the history of this drive-in:
http://tinyurl.com/f7lpz

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 25, 2006 at 2:52 pm

Shouldn’t the name be Bel Air Drive-In? According to this article, the land is being used as a vineyard.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 25, 2006 at 3:44 pm

The article I posted discusses the Bel Air Drive-In, but also calls it the Fly-In Drive-In. I’m not sure which one is correct.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 25, 2006 at 3:53 pm

Driveins.com has it listed as the Bel Air Drive-In. Here is the link. Maybe it only allowed airplanes when it first opened and became a regular drive-in later.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 25, 2006 at 3:59 pm

Of course, if it was a bad film, the airsick bags would be in the seat pocket in front of you.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 25, 2006 at 4:10 pm

The article that you linked to, thinks that this drive-in might be one of, if not the first fly-in theater. The first fly-in theater that I know of was in Asbury Park, NJ. Its listed on this site: /theaters/8593/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 25, 2006 at 4:42 pm

I wonder if this theater opened as the Roxy Fly-In and Drive-In.

http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=10060

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 6, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Was mentioned in the documentary “Drive-In Movie Memories” in 2001.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in (and the connecting air field) was 4351 Dancer Avenue.

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