Elk Drive-In

5th Avenue and 7th Street,
Castlegar, BC V1N 2Y2

300 cars

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Photo credit Keith Shelefontiuk.

The Elk Drive-In opened in 1955 with a capacity for 300 cars. It was closed in 1985 and the site is now a trailer park.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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bookgirl99
bookgirl99 on June 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

Hosmer is over 200 miles from Castlegar. I would guess that it is a different Elk Drive-In that was located there.

This one appears to have been on the corner of 5th Ave and 7th St in Castlegar and closed around 1960 according to View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

The old Elk drive in held 300 cars and was owned in 1956 by G.Simmons.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on February 16, 2013 at 1:01 am

Based off my visit, it doesn’t look demolished to me. They have done a pretty good job on the landscaping though. A great location right on the river.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic on February 17, 2013 at 12:44 am

Judging from the picture above, it looks like the Elk Drive-In site is now an RV park, though the screen is still intact.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 17, 2013 at 7:15 am

I think there is some confusion between the Sunset and Elk Drive-Ins here.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 13, 2018 at 3:08 am

Opened in 1955 and closed in 1985.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 16, 2020 at 10:40 pm

Four photos added and below history credit Keith Shelefontiuk.

“The Elk Drive in was the Shelefontiuk brothers drive in theater and the first drive in, in Castlegar. I have included a brochure from Castlegar. A good read if you are interested in the history of the theater. It is commonly believed that the Sunset Drive In was the first, it was not. That was a beautiful drive in on the Kootenay river, near the Brilliant bridge in Castlegar. The screen just came down recently during a windstorm and is now gone. The Elk was built near the Columbia River where Millennium Park is located today. The mountain bicycle skills park inside of Millennium Park was where the theater once stood. If visiting the bike park, the concrete pillars which once held up the screen can be viewed. By walking under the bicycle ramp in the advanced area of the skills park.”

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