Elk Drive-In

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

300 cars

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Elk Drive-In

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 on June 11, 2009 at 11:26 am

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 23, 2011 at 6:13 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 8:15 am

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

SteveSwanson on February 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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 on February 16, 2013 at 9:44 pm

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 4:15 am

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

davidcoppock on October 13, 2018 at 12:08 am

Opened in 1955 and closed in 1985.

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