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.

Contributed by Chuck

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

rod1148 on November 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Mmandarano do you know if this one at 4989 would have been in operation in 1967? Thanks.

DavidAE on November 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

rod1148, If my memory serves me correctly, both the North and Eastside DI’s were still open in the late 60’s – early 70’s. Per Drive UA was the operator in 2005.

rod1148 on November 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

David, would Eastside have been close to the airport? It appears that way when I compare the little map on the site to google earth. I don’t remember one being close to airport but then again I haven’t been there for 46 years.

rivest266 on July 31, 2015 at 9:11 am

This opened on May 22nd, 1948. Grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidAE on July 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm

rod1148, the Eastside was on Poplar west of SR 46, the airport was about the same distance east of SR 46. The Eastside was just east of Terre Vista subdivison, south side of Poplar Street.

jwmovies on September 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm

The 3100 North Lafayette location was the old North Drive In.

The 4989 North Lafayette location the newer drive in.

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 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 on April 9, 2018 at 11:09 am 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 on April 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm

….and we now have this link:

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

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