Auto-Vue Drive-In

820 N. 26th Street,
Lewiston, ID 83501

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Auto-Vue Drive-In

May 1947 was a busy time for drive-in movies in Lewiston. The Auto-Vue Drive-In, operated by Mary Pulver, opened on May 22, 1947. This was ten days after a competing drive-in, the Nature-Vue Drive-In, opened. At the time Mrs. Pulver owned all of the Lewiston and Clarkston indoor theaters. After Mrs. Pulver passed away in 1950 Harry Wall, her son-in-law, took over the operation of the chain.

The Auto-Vue Drive-In was later condemned by the State Highway Department for the widening of U.S. Highway 95 and closed after the 1953 season. Mr. Wall, who was a state senator in Idaho from 1944 to 1950, sold the chain and retired in 1979.

The approximate site today of the former drive-in is the headquarters of the Idaho Transportation Department, located at 2600 Frontage Road.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Chris1982
Chris1982 on November 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

I believe Mr. Walls' theatre chain was called Liberty Theatre Corp.

bighuey
bighuey on June 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm

Was that the drive-in in North Lewiston?

Kenmore
Kenmore on April 22, 2020 at 5:34 am

The address would’ve put the Auto-Vue and the Natur-Vue side by side. A 1955 aerial of North Lewiston shows what may be the remains of a drive-in on the north side of the highway.

But that area is now under HWY 95.

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