Q-Twin East Drive-In

5580 S. 120th Street,
Omaha, NE 68137

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Q-Twin East Drive-In

The Q-Twin Drive-In was opened on July 1, 1961 with Clark Gable in “Gone With the Wind” & Audie Murphy in “Battle at Bloody Beach”. 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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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.

davidcoppock on October 30, 2018 at 9:33 am

Opened with “Gone with the wind” and Battle at Bloody Beach". Site is now possibly a golf course? Does the Q stand for anything?

rloeffler on October 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm

The “Q” stood for the intersection in which all cars had to pass to get to the main road. That was the intersection of 120th St. and Q St., which was just north of the drive-in.

rloeffler on October 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm

The site was not part of a golf course originally (built in 1967), which was just a 9 hole site. It expanded to 18 holes in 1968. The drive-in ended up being a site for a couple of dozen houses. Long after the drive-in was demolished, a developer did a major renovation of the course moving the back 9 in 2004. Those are the holes you see today.

There was a regular theater just north facing Q St.

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