Parkway Drive-In

306 Van Lynn Road,
International Falls, MN 56649

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Opened in 1954 as the Paul Bunyon Drive-In. By 1963 it was known as the Parkway Drive-In. Car capacity was 450 and it was still operating into the late-1970’s.

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Kenmore
Kenmore on September 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Found it. 306 Van Lynn Rd, International Falls. It’s right across from the airport on the south side of the town.

Today, it appears to be commercial property, but you can still see the outline and ramps of the drive-in. http://tinyurl.com/pat5w75

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 24, 2016 at 2:59 am

Ken is correct.

The address for this Drive-in is 306 Van Lynn Rd, International Falls MN 56649.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on January 13, 2021 at 11:47 am

It looks like the Paul Bunyon opened a little before 1955, probably 1954. This note in the April 7, 1955 edition of the Warrenton (MO) Banner implied that the drive-in was already in operation:

“Mr. and Mrs. Gene Tacke left Sunday for St. Paul, Minn. … They own and operate a Drive-In Theater at Ericsburg during the summer months and own a four room cottage on the banks of Rainy Lake. Ericsburg is three miles from International Falls, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. Tacke expect to return to their home in Warrenton on October 1.”

The Paul Bunyon debuted in the Motion Picture Almanac in the 1955 edition, published early that year, in International Falls with an owner named “E. Tacke”.

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