Bel Air Fly-In Drive-In

4351 Dancer Avenue,
St. Ansgar, IA 50472

100 cars

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bloosoda
bloosoda on October 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Located west of town off of Rt 105, the site is now a residence and winery, the Bel-Air Winery. At its peak, the theatre held over 100 cars and could accommodate small planes that would taxi over from an adjacent runway strip. The screen blew down in the mid-1970s.

Steve and Lorraine Beland purchased the 13 acre property in 1988. Years later, the Belands (along with business partner, Adam Strouf) proceeded to convert the buildings into uses for a new winery operation…which opened in 2007. In 2008, the Belands set up a 16' x 16' screen and showed free movies (off DVDs) to the public…sort of reopening the drive-in for the locals to enjoy. The Belands have since retired and their son has taken over the winery…but, it appears the drive-in has closed for good. [Much of this info from an article out of the Mason City (IA) Globe Gazette and writer, Warren Haacke]

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm

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

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 6, 2008 at 8:53 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 25, 2006 at 11:59 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 25, 2006 at 11:44 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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 25, 2006 at 10:33 pm

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