Pawnee Drive-In

4426 Rodeo Road,
North Platte, NE 69101

350 cars

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Pawnee Drive-In

The Pawnee Drive-In was opened September 18, 1948. It has been closed for some 20+ years.

Contributed by Randy A Carlisle

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Randy…Did the owner say anything about why it is still standing after 20 years? Maybe reopen?

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

hispeed54… Can’t remember right off but it seems like it was where the drive in would need more than he could afford.?? & if I remember correctly, he was an older man & just didn’t have the interest in him anymore.?? (Guessing from what I remember – Remember this was almost 5 yrs ago I took the shots). I would think that the snack bar would either have to be totally renovated or demolish it & start over.. The screen was still in good shape as you can see in the photo(s).. Just sum paint mainly needed. TO bad someone couldn’t get it going again. It was kind of out in the country if I remember right…..

Randy A Carlisle

brattybrat
brattybrat on February 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

What is the exact address?

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 4426 Rodeo Road.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on July 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Architected by the drive-in specialists, the Utah firm of Cartright & Wilson, one report has September 18, 1948 as the grand opening date.

shortdoggo
shortdoggo on January 16, 2016 at 7:20 am

where can I get a list movies that played at the pawnee drive-in in north platte nebraska

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on November 19, 2019 at 6:04 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Aug. 28, 1948: “A. B. Smith putting in a 540-car drive-in at North Platte, Neb.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on November 19, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Aug. 28, 1948: “A. B. Smith putting in a 540-car drive-in at North Platte, Neb.”

Motion Picture Herald, Sept. 25, 1948: “Walter Smith opened his North Platte, Neb., 580-car, $100,000 drive-in September 17.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on December 29, 2019 at 6:29 pm

Boxoffice, Aug. 16, 1952: “Commonwealth Theatres, Kansas City, has bought the Pawnee Drive-In, North Platte, Neb., from W. L. Smith.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 10, 2020 at 6:22 pm

Boxoffice, May 25, 1970: “The screen tower in the Pawnee Drive-In, North Platte, Neb., was completely destroyed in a tornado-like wind. The accident happened during the daylight hours while the theatre was not in operation. The drive-in is operated by Commonwealth Theatres and manager Steve Schenck is hopeful that a new screen can be installed within the next two weeks.”

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