Peru Drive-In

1850 S. Business 31,
Peru, IN 46970

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Watercolor of Peru Drive In by John M. Moore

In 1956 the Peru Drive-In was located in Peru, Indiana and held 450 cars. It was owned by Kelly and Shively Corp.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 21, 2011 at 5:41 am

In 1967 still owned by Alliance Amusement Company, of 220 S. State St., Chicago, (the old Woolworth Building). S.J. Gregory was Chairman of the Board and they had 54 theaters in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Washington.

Can anyone come up with an address or crossroads. More info and photos are always welcome.

rivest266 on June 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

This was on Broadway just past Roxy Lane. USGS aerial posted here.

Kathon on July 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Cross-referencing the following comment from another page (Lincolndale, Warsaw IN): posted there by “lipalarp” on May 4, 2011 at 11:32 am: My father built and owned the Lincolndale (Warsaw). He bought the Lincolndale Drive-in in Fort Wayne and the Peru Drive in and combined the best of the equipment to build the Warsaw Lincolndale. It died with his death.

jwmovies on September 24, 2016 at 1:10 am

The drive in the aerial is the Miami open air drive in. Address is given in that listing.

jwmovies on September 24, 2016 at 1:21 am

This drive in was located at 1850 S Business 31, Peru, IN 46970.

Now Millstone Apartments just across the Wabash River from the city.

Please update.

John_M_Moore on February 23, 2019 at 10:58 am

Actually there were two different drive in theaters. The Miami, and the Peru. The Peru which was the smaller of the two held 450 cars and had pole mounted mono speakers that could be hung on the driver side door for audio. The Miami had spaces for up to 500 cars, a playground, and two speaker per pole audio. The car to the left would hang their speaker on the passenger side window, car to the right on the driver’s side window. The Miami was Northeast of Peru, The Peru was to the South of the city, on Business 31. The Miami in it’s last few years had a teal colored paint scheme, the Peru more of a beige. The Peru was damaged by a storm before it finally closed. The Peru was dismantled and moved to Warsaw where much of the old equipment continued to serve at the Lincolndale Outdoor Cinema until it closed after the death of it’s owner.

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