Chinook Drive-In

McLeod Trail,
Calgary, AB T2H

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Chinook Drive-In

The Chinook Drive-In was located on McLeod Trail a half mile south of the city limits. Opened on May 12, 1949 with Betty Hutton in “Perils of Pauline”. It had a car capacity of 600 cars. It was owned by Western Drive-In Theatres.

It was closed on September 13, 1958 with Robert Mitchum in “The Enemy Below”. it was demolished on September 19, 1958.

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rivest266
rivest266 on February 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Grand opening ad uploaded. It closed in 1958

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Why was it called Chinook?

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic on May 11, 2017 at 6:29 am

I think it’s named for the type of wind most common in that part of Canada, as Calgary was built on the prairies but is also close to the Rockies.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 13, 2018 at 12:15 am

Correction: This opened on May 12th, 1949 and closed in 1958. The Chinook theatre, as well as the Paramount / Scotiabank cinemas, were built on the site.

Chinook Drive-In openingChinook Drive-In opening Wed, May 11, 1949 – 18 · Calgary Herald (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) · Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on October 13, 2018 at 12:17 am

also uploaded an aerial photo from 1951. Appears to have a “kiddie” railroad.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 13, 2018 at 5:29 am

First drive-in theatre in Calgary.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 17, 2019 at 12:43 pm

The Chinook’s last show was on September 13, 1958 with “Enemy Below.” The theatre was torn down September 19, 1958 to make way for the Chinook Shopping Center which took its name from the ozoner.

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