Mid-City Outdoor

702 Sheridan Road,
Kenosha, WI 53140

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MID-CITY OUTDOOR Theatre; Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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The Mid-City Outdoor opened on April 16, 1949. It was located between Racine & Kenosha and had a capacity for 765 cars, plus there was seating for 500 walk-up patrons.

Since closing, it has been demolished and condominiums have been built on the site.

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CharlesBruss on March 19, 2003 at 2:34 pm

This drive-in opened on April 15, 1949. It closed at the end of the 1984 season. Have any information or photos on this drive-in, please contact me. I’m working on a book project about Wisconsin Drive-in Theatres. Check out my website at: www.drive-inthruwisconsin.com to see how you can help.

wigginsray on April 13, 2005 at 9:13 pm

My father proposed to my mother at this drive in by hiding the ring in a Cracker Jack box.

Sadly it’s now “chicken pen” style condos.

LouisRugani on January 16, 2006 at 6:37 am

This was a Standard Theatres operation throughout its life, and was located on north Sheridan Road (WI Hwy. 42, later WI Hwy. 32) just south of Kenosha County Hwy. A in the town of Somers in Kenosha County. The name Mid-City refers to its location (somewhat) midway between Kenosha and Racine to the north. The theatre architects were the Briemeyer-Greilinger and Rose firm, and the first manager was Nick Coston.
A busy steam railroad (The Chicago and NorthWestern) ran along the Mid-City’s western perimeter, making photo opportunities like the famous locomotive-theatre scene possible at the Mid-City into 1956.
Actually the theatre’s demise came about as the result of a late-winter windstorm in early 1984 which caused the ornate art-moderne screenhouse to lean a bit. The town of Somers WI then issued a standard routine raze-or-repair order to Standard Theatres (which also leased the Lake [nee Gateway] in downtown Kenosha) and to everyone’s surprise Standard ordered the screenhouse razed. The rest of the theatre property remained abandoned for several years. In the next decade it was developed into apartment buildings, and no sign remains of the Mid-City Outdoor Theater today.

MiltonSmith on September 12, 2007 at 11:11 pm

Hey, I know where this is, I used to live in apartments that are now located there. Nope, you can’t tell one bit there used to be a drive-in theater on that spot. In fact, I didn’t know about it until someone that lived nearby told me of it and the fact that previous to the drive-in there was a schoolhouse located somewhere in that area. From photos I’ve seen, I gather I lived near where the projector building once stood. I’ve been told the apartments have had odd settling issues, perhaps due to the terrain once being rows of small hills?

MrDriveIn on December 3, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Any comments or questions regarding any drive-in theater in Wisconsin, please check out my website at
www.drive-inthruwisconsin.com There you will find photos, original newspaper ads and a whole lot more. Or contact me at I will give you complete and accurate information about Wisconsin drive-in theaters, just ask. Thanks, Charles Bruss

LouisRugani on July 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Maybe that’s because some other websites keep insisting that the MID-CITY was in Racine. The MID-CITY was in the town of Somers in Kenosha County on Sheridan Road (WI 32, or WI 42 at its 1948 opening), a few hundred feet south of Kenosha County Highway A. Its actual exact numerical address isn’t easily available because the ads just listed the location as “Sheridan Road”, and Somers never had a city directory, and Kenosha’s city directory didn’t extend into Somers. There’s a photo at Wisconsin Theatres www.onelist.com/group/WisconsinTheatres .

gowerdog on October 19, 2011 at 1:37 am

The mid-city drive in was located just a little south of Berryville road on Sherdian road next to Berryville elememtary school. I went to school there from 1953 to 1961. We used to sneak in the theater in trunks of cars or climbing over the fense. The owner let us all walk in for free and gather around a speaker to watch the movies. He was concerned about our safety. That was a great time living on the banks of lake Michigan in a place called Berryville!

jwmovies on October 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 702 Sheridan Road.

LouRugani on October 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

On the evening the Mid-City Outdoor Theatre opened, WLIP 1050 broadcast the opening ceremonies and the VFW Drum and Bugle Corps performed. The premiere program included “Red River” with Montgomery Clift. The last operator was Standard Theaters, and when a winter wind gust caused the screen tower to list, the town of Somers issued raze-or-repair orders. Standard decided to close before the 1985 season began. On May 1, 1985, the Mid-City screen tower fell to the wrecking ball (along with the neighboring Berryville Grade School) to make way for the Villa Rosa Apartments, but the concession building remained for a few years, open to the winds.

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