West Park Drive-In

3rd Street SW.,
Huron, SD 57350

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West Park Drive-In

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The West Park Drive-In was Huron’s first drive-in theatre which opened on July 2, 1948. It featured the 1946 comedy “Little Giant” with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in 16mm. The Park West Drive-In was opened by Ed Taylor, Alva Taylor of Taylor Films and Charles Steinborn. Taylor Films sold 16mm projectors and distributed 16mm films. The drive-in did not have in-a-car speakers, but used 6 large speakers mounted on poles set around the perimeter of the parking ramp. The drive-in held 100 cars on the parking ramp while screening movies on a 20 ft. x 15 ft. screen. They also had carhop service to your car for refreshments. Taylor is quoted as saying, ”We expect to have a number of first run pictures, most which have not appeared in Huron. We will use 16mm film a least at first due to the contract difficulties we would run into if we ran 35mm films.”

The West Park Drive-In only lasted a year and it closed down when the Star-Lite Drive-In opened on July 1, 1949.

Contributed by Randy Studer
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