Moon-Lite Drive-In

4989 N. Lafayette Street,
Terre Haute, IN 47805

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Moon-Lite Drive-In

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Opened by 1958 as the Terre Haute Drive-In with a car capacity listed at 650 cars. It was operated by 4th Avenue Amusement until 1975 when United Artists Theatres took over. UA renamed it the North Drive-In and operated it until it closed in 1985.

In April 2018 it was being renovated to reopened as the Moon-Lite Drive-In.

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NeonMichael
NeonMichael on January 11, 2018 at 9:12 pm

The screen is still mostly intact, and somebody got permission to restore the place with a gravel lot. They also promised to restore the old marquee, now the Kessco Water sign. Story in the Jan. 10, 2018 Terre Haute Tribune Star.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on January 12, 2018 at 11:44 am

You’re absolutely right, but this is the North with all the photos. :)

And it gave me the opportunity to add that WTHI has a few seconds of video about the site posted online. I’ll mention that in the other North too.

TomMc11
TomMc11 on April 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

https://www.facebook.com/brent.barnhart1 is the facebook page of the man named in the Terre Haute Tribune Star article, and he literally just posted a message there about the Drive-In…and it will be named MoonLite.

TomMc11
TomMc11 on April 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm

….and we now have this link: https://www.facebook.com/Moon-Lite-Drive-In-Theater-Terre-Haute-163357371043117/?hc_location=ufi

Which is the official Facebook Page of this soon to be renamed/reopened theater.

rod1148
rod1148 on May 1, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Is this the location for the original north side drive-in or was it moved here in 1968? Some said it was originally down the street near where the pond is now. Thanks.

Kenmore
Kenmore on May 1, 2018 at 2:44 pm

There was a drive-in on the east side of Lafayette Street where it intersects East Haythorne Avenue. That is about ½ mile south of the current Moon-Lite Drive-In.

Today, the property is partially covered by the pond and mostly overgrown with trees.

Kenmore
Kenmore on May 1, 2018 at 2:53 pm

I’m assuming that the drive-in will build new entrance and exit roads since the former (along with the old marquee) is being used by Keesco Water while the latter is now the private drive for a home.

I read over their FB page and did not see any plans to that effect, but what do I know?

rod1148
rod1148 on May 1, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Kenmore. Do you happen to know when the drive in on the east side of Lafayette was closed? The one where the pond is now.

Kenmore
Kenmore on May 1, 2018 at 7:50 pm

I do not know the exact date. I can say that a 1972 aerial shows it to be demolished. So, it was closed by then.

TomMc11
TomMc11 on June 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Not sure about the roads, but in a facebook post from May 26th they showed 3 versions of the marquee. The original, then the Kessco water one from the mid nineties until May 26th. On that day they began the process of stripping it and will refurbish it to its old glory, obviously with a different name. Kessco is getting new signage.

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