Verne Drive-In

1607 1/2 S. Kniss Avenue,
Luverne, MN 56156

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Verne Drive-In

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A drive-in theater that’s fun for families with small children. The Verne Drive-In was opened in 1954.

Contributed by Deb Siepka

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

It was owned by J.M. Rohr in 1956. He had Drive-ins in Cross Lakes and Hackensack Minnesota.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 26, 2014 at 5:14 am

The Verne Drive-In initially opened in 1954. Car Capacity is 265 Cars. Was closed for a while and reopened in 2000. It is owned by Mr. G. Burmeister. the drive-in has made the conversion to digital projection.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on June 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm

Not sure about Mike Rogers' source, but the 1955-56 Theatre Catalog shows the Verne, capacity 300, under K. C. Sargent.

1963 IMPA showed “Owner or Booker” as K. C. Sargent, who wasn’t listed anywhere else in MN.

Gotta love the IMPA typos. The 1959-76 editions called it “Vern”, (no E) capacity 300. 1982 IMPA called it the “Berne”, capacity 265. Finally got it right by 1984. The 1982-88 versions showed Circuit/Owner: W. Deutsch

The 1988 IMPA, the last with a drive-in list, still included the Verne.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on June 5, 2017 at 11:47 pm

A great 2014 Pioneer Public Broadcasting video fills in a few more gaps. (And has some lovely old photos, you should go watch it.)

Ken Sargent built the Verne. Walter Deutsch bought the place in 1966 and built a house next to the ticket booth. Deutsch sold the Verne in 1983, but he still sells tickets on movie nights “when they need help” since he lives next door.

(Maybe I didn’t hear that sale date right, since the City of Luverne site claims Deutsch operated the Verne until 1988.)

Glenn Burmeister bought the Verne in 2000. (Luverne said the drive-in “reopened” that date.) He built new ticket and concession buildings and probably was the one to remove the old speaker poles.

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