100 Twin Drive-In

710 Medtronic Parkway NE,
Fridley, MN 55432

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100 Twin Drive-In

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This drive-in was operated by Avro Theaters in the late-1950’s. Capacity was 638 cars at that time. The screens blew down in a storm in the late-1960’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Ken, My 1956 Motion picture Almanac has 638 cars and still owned by Avro. I have heard from others often Drive-ins give different numbers on cars.

nomoresoco
nomoresoco on January 25, 2011 at 6:36 am

As a child, I spent many summer nights in my pajamas watching movies from within my dad’s station wagon along with the rest of my family at the 100 Twin Drive-in theatre. The screens did blow down in a storm in the 60’s, but they were rebuilt and the drive-in remained operational until about 1977, or so.

jwmovies
jwmovies on August 29, 2012 at 3:53 am

This drive-in was actually located off of Hwy. 65. The entrance was on West Moore Lake Drive. The location is now Medtronic, Inc. (1 screen)and the field west of the campus (the other streen).

Approx. address is 710 Medtronic Parkway Northeast now in Minneapolis.

MooreLakeBeachGirl
MooreLakeBeachGirl on August 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I grew up on West Moore Lake Drive. EVERYONE went to the 100 Twin. My Mom took us to “Mary Poppins” when we were very young. We watched countless Elvis Presley movies as well! It was common to bring your own popcorn in a large grocery bag.
The 100 Twin had great fireworks on the 4th of July. My Dad would get out the ladder and we’d climb up on the roof and watch.
On Summer nights you could easily view the movies while driving on the freeway (694.) The screens (positioned back to back) were jumbo large. Both sides (east and west) had concession stands with small playgrounds. It was great.
In High School it was common to sneak in your pals (under a blanket or tucked away in the trunk.) The 100 Twin was the best! I’m pretty sure it was still open beyond 1979 (when I graduated.) I wish the Drive In was still there. In hindsight, it was a moment of American innocence, a time when life wasn’t so expensive.
I can still remember driving into the theatre like it was yesterday. “Turn your headlights off!” the entrance signs encouraged, as we waited behind scores of cars on the dusty gravel road.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

I don’t think the aerial above is of the 100 Twin. It says the aerial is from 1957 but the 100 was a twin drive-in in 1951.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 21, 2014 at 8:08 am

Chris..I checked the aerials thinking I put the wrong date on the picture. That is the right date according to the website. Was the 100 Twin built/opened as a twin screen drive-in? We need a opening day ad, that would tell us. From my research there was not to many twin drive-ins being built in the early 1950’s. In Pensacola, FL. Gulf States Theatres opened one in 1952.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 21, 2014 at 11:37 pm

The Motion Picture Yearbook lists this drive-in as the 100 Twin Drive-In in 1951. Each year after it lists it as the same.

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