Capitol Drive-In

4646 NE 14th Street,
Des Moines, IA 50316

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Capitol Drive-In

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The Capitol Drive-In was opened September 19, 1952, with a capacity for 728 cars. It was located half a mile north of the city. It was razed in the early-1980’s.

This drive-in was in a class well above those gravelly places with bad sound systems. Here you had mid-century modern styling, a concession stand with a seating patio (popular with matinees), and a playground, not-to-mention state-of-the-art sound. Yes, it wasn’t in the best part of town—and that probably contributed to its demise. But in its day… Drivers at night-time on nearby I-80 would see this huge image of a glowing neon clown, thinking maybe gambling was legal in a state like Iowa. No, that was just the sign for the Capitol Drive-In.

Contributed by Calmuse

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kencmcintyre on June 15, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Here is a December 1965 ad from the Des Moines Register:

rivest266 on November 29, 2015 at 8:43 am

September 19th, 1952 grand opening ad in photo section.

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