Waverly Drive-In

Highway 3 East,
Waverly, IA 50677

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Waverly Drive-In

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The Waverly Drive-In had 188 speaker posts with two speakers each, a full service concession stand with great food and a playground behind the concession stand with a slide, swing set, merry go round and teeter totters. It had an all gravel lot. Located east of Waverly on Highway 3.

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Benny
Benny on January 23, 2008 at 2:26 am

I was the projectionist at the Waverly DI during my high school years, 1962,1963 and 1964. One of my favorite memories was the early spring opening we did in 1964. Dorothy Theis was owner and she booked “Jason and the Argonauts” to open that spring. On opening night there was a big snow storm and I clearly remember how pretty that light beam traveling from the projector to that huge drivein screen through the snow appeared. Simply magnificient.
Pretty nice projection room with Simplex XL projectors and sound heads, Peerless Magnarc carbon arc lamps burning 8mm negative and 9mm positive carbons at 90 amps D.C. Consumed lots of carbon for a twenty minute reel; about 8.5 inches of positive for a twenty minute reel. The Hertner generator for the lamps was located right in the projection room which made for a hot and noisy environment but when your sixteen years old and doing just exactly what you want to do, the heat and noise are insignificant. Dorothy was a very nice employer and I enjoyed my few years at both the Waverly Drivein and the Waverly Theatre during the winter months.
Respectfully Submitted,
Ben Kehe
Motion Picture Projection Services, Inc.
Tulsa, Oklahoma
918 906 3715

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 22, 2008 at 1:21 am

Car capacity in 1975 was 298.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

1958 USGS photo uploaded here.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 31, 2012 at 8:18 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2909 East Bremer Avenue.

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