Pines Drive-In

Sturgis Road and Universal Drive,
Rapid City, SD 57702

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Pines Drive-In

The Rapids Drive-In opened July 31, 1952 with Ronald Reagan in “Louisa” & “Italian Interlude”. It was initially operated by Black Hills Amusement Co. It was closed in 1957. The drive-in was renamed the Pines Drive-In when it reopened March 31, 1961. In 1969 the drive-in was operated by Commonwealth Amusement Co. until its closing in 1986.

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Chris1982 on July 23, 2014 at 7:33 am

Address should be Highway 14-79.

NYozoner on December 6, 2016 at 11:11 pm

New address is:

Sturgis Rd at Universal Dr Rapid City, SD 57702

Sturgis Rd is also Hwy 79. The drive-in was in the southeast corner of the intersection. The site is now a large man-made lake/drainage pond.

ronnie21 on December 11, 2017 at 2:42 am

most drive ins all closed around mid 80’s

rivest266 on January 11, 2018 at 10:09 pm

This opened as the Rapids Drive-In on July 31st, 1952 and closed down at the end of the 1957 season. It reopened as the Pines Drive-In on March 31st, 1961. Both grand opening ads in the photo section.

rivest266 on January 12, 2018 at 9:04 pm

Last season: 1986.

davidcoppock on October 15, 2018 at 9:52 am

Opened with “Louisa” and “Italian interlude”.

MichaelKilgore on November 21, 2019 at 9:34 pm

Motion Picture Herald, July 31, 1954: “Hundred mile-an-hour wind blew down and demolished the screen tower at the Rapid, Rapid City, S. D., owned by the Black Hills Amusement Co.”

davidcoppock on December 16, 2020 at 6:45 am

Reopened as the Pines Drive-in on 31/3/1961 with “Man of the west” and “Run for the sun”.

MichaelKilgore on April 8, 2021 at 5:25 pm

Boxoffice, Aug. 14, 1954: “High winds wrecked the 70-foot screen at the Rapid Drive-In, lifting it from its foundation and tossing it 150 feet into an adjoining corn field. Richard Klein, general manager of the Black Hills Amusement Co., operator of the airer, estimated damages at $10,000.”

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