Chippewa Drive-In

500 W. Chippewa Avenue,
South Bend, IN 46614

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1950's aerial photo credit Photoseeum.

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Opened by September 1953 as the Moonlite Outdoor Theatre with a single screen, it was owned by L. Cochovetry. Loew’s took over operations of the drive-in in 1961. It was twinned and renamed the Chippewa Twin Drive-In. Car Capacity for the ozoner was listed at 600 cars.

In later years (from 1984) the Chippewa Drive-In went over to screening adult XXX movies and closed around 1988. It was later demolished. The Showplace 16 was built on the site of the former Chippewa Drive-In.

Any further information or corrections on this drive-in would be appreciated.

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 12, 2010 at 5:20 am

Apparently it opened at least a little earlier that 1954 as this theater’s page at Drive-ins.com includes an ad from 1953: http://www.drive-ins.com/pictures/intchip001.jpg

rivest266
rivest266 on July 1, 2012 at 6:27 am

1967 aerial posted here.

Studioonesb
Studioonesb on March 30, 2014 at 10:48 am

The theater converted to an XXX outdoor showing Deep Throat for an entire season in 1984 and continued as an adult until it closed in 87 or 88. Up until 1986 the booth was staffed by members of Local 187 IATSE.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 24, 2015 at 11:20 am

1950’s aerial photo added, photo credit Photoseeum. Via the Quality Retro Oldies 1900s-1970s Fcaebook page.

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