Q-Twin East Drive-In

5580 S. 120th Street,
Omaha, NE 68137

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Q-Twin East Drive-In

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This well designed twin drive-in had a capacity for 1,600 cars. It screened first-run movies and was operated by R. Brehm and Douglas Theaters.

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rloeffler on September 24, 2010 at 3:00 am

This drive-in had two screens. The entrance was at the top of a large hill. If you went to the northwest there was a screen, likewise to the southeast. If you didn’t like the movie you were watching, all you had to do was walk to the top of the hill where you could see both at the same time. You could see the huge screen with its black background and white letters saying Q-Twin for miles around on the Interstate right next to it. It was torn down and the land was made into a gated community of 20 houses(how sad).

rivest266 on December 5, 2011 at 6:41 am

This opened on July 1st, 1961. The grand opening ad has been posted here.

TorstenAdair on January 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm

In February 1986, this area was remote enough to host viewings of Halley’s Comet. (Little light pollution)

TorstenAdair on January 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Theater Houses ‘Round Town Omaha World-Herald (NE) – Sunday, June 16, 1985

“Q Twin East and West

120th and Q Streets, 895 – 4838. Two screens. March through October. Tickets are $3.75 per person; children younger than 13 free except for Disney films and other special engagements."

Sandman1968 on February 1, 2012 at 1:45 am

This was the best drive-in in town back in the day. I remember seeing “An American Werewolf in London” there back in ‘81 and almost wetting my pants!

jwmovies on November 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 5580 S 120th St. that was the entrance. The screens were SE of this location.

corgi on February 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I worked there around the summer of 1984. Ass’t Mgr and got to run the projectors a couple of nights a week. They had, in addition to the modern platter projectors, a pair of the old Carbon Arc projectors still in place for each screen. They used a welding rod type of light element and had to be fired up manually. Never got to see them run but they were extremely cool.

skidada1975 on May 13, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Saw many movies here in the late 70s and early 80s. Not sure when it was demolished, but I watched the area being landscaped in 1989.

DavidZornig on October 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm

1974 print ad as Q Twin-East added courtesy of Richard Thies.

Corman7088 on September 10, 2017 at 3:19 am

props well earned as being more original&coolest. However,even before it closed there have been those who need to reiterate? By saying it’s the best that THEY experienced in Omaha? Wasn’t all that rare to see line begin to form 4 or 5hrs before gates opened for beautiful nights predicted&expected?SKY VIEW still considered among most&more beautiful in country.

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