Moon-Lite Drive-In

4989 N. Lafayette Street,
Terre Haute, IN 47805

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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.

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 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

rivest266 on July 31, 2015 at 9:11 am

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

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.

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 1:58 pm

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

Mmandarano on November 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Yeah, this is a closer address to actual location. You can see the screen in front of the woods on street view: 4989 North Lafayette Street, Terre Haute, IN 47805

rod1148 on November 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

I just discovered this site. My wife and I were patrons of one or both of these drive-ins back in 1967-68. Does anyone know what the price of admission was back then? Does anyone know how I could find what movies were playing at these drive-ins? Thanks.

DavidAE on May 30, 2014 at 5:35 pm

According to an acquaintance, Before this one was built, in 1968, there was another North Drive-In up the street a little ways that burnt. It was on a side road. So there were two North Drive Ins. I will try to locate the photo of it being constructed in the Indiana Historical Society Martin Collection and post it later.

DavidAE on December 27, 2013 at 6:25 am

Not sure if TH Drive In and North were seperate. Will ask around. Here is a photo from 1952 of the play area at TH Drive In.

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Drive-In 54 on July 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Goggle Earth 2012. It looks like they made the lake bigger.

rivest266 on July 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

The 1972 aerial that is uploaded shows the old Terre Haute Drive-in at the corner of Hawthorne and the North Drive-In about six blocks to the north. I think the North and the Terre Haute drive-ins were separate. on February 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

The address listed here is a bit off. It’s located on the southwest corner of N. Lafayette St. and E. Park Ave. Google street view currently shows it’s an empty field and the screen remains standing.

CSWalczak on November 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

A link to this theater’s image gallery at

Please correct “Huate” to “Haute” on the address above.