Idan-ha Drive-In

187 W. 2nd South,
Soda Springs, ID 83276

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Idan-ha Drive-In

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The Dawn-A-Vu Drive-In was opened around 1955 when it was operated by Donald Mendenhall. In the late-1970’s it was renamed Idan-ha Drive-In. Jeff and Shauna Bowen, who also run the indoor Idan-ha Theatre on Main Street, operated this drive-in, which was open during the summer months.

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jwmovies
jwmovies on October 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm

This may be closed. The website no longer works. Hunzeker Ford is taking up part of the lot. The screen and snack bar are still there.

BTW: Address above is incorrect. Approx. address is west of downtown @ 166 West 2nd South.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on August 29, 2013 at 12:31 am

Both theaters are still open, but the website remains down. They do have a Facebook page though for movie listings, it appears the drive-in has been a single feature only for years. In 2010, Jeff & Shauna Bowen sold the property to Craig Davis, but continue to operate both theaters. Thyy have signed up for the Honda Projectdrivein competition for a new projector. As well as setting up their own Save The Drive-In fundraiser to keep it from closing.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

The Idan-ha Drive-In is no longer listed on the Idan-ha Theatre Facebook page or their website. The phone is no longer in service either.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on May 1, 2017 at 7:51 pm

The Idan-Ha was open for the 2014-2016 seasons, about mid-May through August. See its week-by-week notes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IdanHaDriveinTheatre/

When did it open? The Dawn-A-Vu was listed through the 1976 IMPAs, and my next copy, 1982, shows the Idan-Ha. A 2013 article in the Idaho State Business Journal claimed “The Idan-Ha Drive-In has been a part of Soda Springs for nearly 60 years,” so I’m guessing that the Dawn-A-Vu changed its name in the late 1970s.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on May 2, 2017 at 6:11 am

My guess was just verified by a note from the current Idan-Ha crew. “I am uncertain when the name changed but I thought that it happened when Owen owned it in the 80’s.” Since it’s in the 1982 IMPA, the name change probably happened around 1980, give or take a year.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on July 15, 2017 at 11:53 am

Hey, this drive-in wasn’t “closed in 2014” and should be marked as open now. (Seasonal, of course.) It’s showing the latest Spider-Man installment tonight. Check its Facebook page.

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