Keno Drive-In

9102 Sheridan Road,
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

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The Keno Family Drive-In opened on May 18, 1949, and had a capacity for 850 cars. Initially it was a second run theatre. It featured a miniature railway and pony rides in the play area.

It is currently the oldest operating drive-in theatre in the State of Wisconsin. The Keno Drive-In shows movies every night from May to October.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 10, 2005 at 2:18 am

The address for the Keno Family Outdoor Theatre is:
9102 Sheridan Road
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

“Located in Kenosha County WI. This drive-in theater is located on the south side of Kenosha, just north of the state line on Hwy 32 at 91st street. Its in operation during the summer months. Wisconsin’s largest solo screen Drive-in, with a capacity for up to 800 cars.
The Keno is also the state’s longest continuously operated Drive-in.
It’s screen was first lit back in 1949, before the boom, at a time when there were only 4 Drive-ins in Wisconsin. Presently, they’re screening double features, seasonally, April through October;
audio provided by FM radio broadcast”.

DonRosen on March 7, 2005 at 3:19 am

The screen has a huge whole in it. What’s up?

Hermie on May 22, 2006 at 4:03 pm

This is one of the last few drive-ins left in the southeastern Wisconsin/northeastern Illinois area.

The problem is that they sit on land that has risen in value so much, that either the real estate taxes will kill you, or the offers to buy the site are just to tempting.

The Keno has avoided this by quite frankly, sitting on land that was not as desirable as spots north and west. With a number of housing developments being built in the area, within the next couple of years the Keno may not last.

DonRosen on October 10, 2006 at 11:22 am

I went to the Keno recently. A small, but really nice drive-in. The last one in this area. Unfortunately, the movies “The Wicker Man” & “Accepted” stunk.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 23, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Movie schedule can be found here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 3, 2008 at 2:43 am

This is the website for the Keno Drive-in.

MrDriveIn on December 3, 2008 at 10:06 pm

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phoebe1971 on April 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm

It’s March of 2012 and the the drive in is still alive!! I live a block away and cannot wait til summer!!

androidodnetnin on April 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Guess what Pleasant Prairie, your Outdoor Theater (which opened in 1949) is scheduled to close after this summer; guess who is looking into purchasing the empty lot – Walmart. Walmart Stores, Inc is reportedly looking at multiple locations in Pleasant Prairie to build a store.

Pleasant Prairie is prime real estate between two major cities for new, small businesses to set up shop. Studies have proven that Walmart is a small business killer, no one can compete with the cut throat competition that is Walmart. This will not encourage new business growth in the Village.

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