41 Outdoor Theatre

2600 American Drive,
Appleton, WI 54914

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41 Outdoor Theatre

The 41 Drive-In was opened on April 30, 1949 with Robert Young in “Relentless”. The original wood screen tower was destroyed by a fire on September 9, 1959.

A new metal screen tower was built in time for the 1960 season. It was closed on September 25, 1963 with “Female Butcher”, “Boody Pit of Horror” & “Body Snatchers From Hell”.

Contributed by Ed Wilke

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 12, 2007 at 6:04 pm

I like the dead body giveaway. Very creative.

MrDriveIn
MrDriveIn on December 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Cool vintage ads posted by bbrown.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Yes IT PARKED 500 cars.And was owned by S&M Theatres,Inc. Okay,TLSLOEWS make the cute comment about the “owners”.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I wont go there.

jwmovies
jwmovies on August 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

This drive-in was (actually where the parking lot is today) south of Pierce Manufacturing. Approx. address 2600 American Drive. If you look closely on aerial maps, you’ll see the old frontage road for the highway.

LeslieB
LeslieB on March 28, 2018 at 11:01 am

Actually it originally was a 680 car drive-in and also included a playground.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on September 10, 2018 at 8:09 am

Grand opening was on April 30, 1949 with “Relentless”, starring Robert Young and Marguerite Chapman. The original wooden screen tower was destroyed by a fire caused by an electrical fault on the morning of September 9, 1959. A new steel tower was installed in time for the 1960 season. Final night of operation was September 25, 1983 with a trio of horror flicks: “Female Butcher”, “Bloody Pit Of Horror” and “Body Snatchers From Hell”. The site is now occupied by Pierce Manufacturing Inc.

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