Waverly Drive-In

2909 E. Bremer Avenue,
Waverly, IA 50677

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Chris1982 on December 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm

The address given by jwmovies is the correct address for this drive-in. The Waverly Drive-in opened in 1953 and closed in 1985.

jwmovies on December 31, 2012 at 12:18 am

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

rivest266 on July 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm

1958 USGS photo uploaded here.

Benny on January 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm

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