5056 Lafayette Avenue,
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On April 17, 1969, the Fourth Avenue Amusement Company from Louisville, Kentucky, opened the new and relocated North Drive-In Theatre screening the 1969 action “The Devils 8” with Christopher George, Fabian and Tom Nardini. The second feature was the 1968 drama “Born Wild” with Tom Nardini and Patty McCormack. The last feature on the program was the 1964 thriller “Pyro” with Barry Sullivan and Martha Hyer. The parking ramps could hold 670 cars with in-a-car speakers and heaters. In November of 1970, the Fourth Avenue Amusement Company was acquired by the United Artist’s Theatre Circuit. This sale included the indoor Indiana Theatre along with the North Drive-In and Corral Drive-In in Terre Haute. On June 29, 1971, the North Drive-In reopened as a UA Theatre.
The North Drive-In finally screened its last movie at the end of season in 1988. The drive-in was demolished, except for the screen tower which is still standing. UA sold the property on May 20, 1992, to new owners. Kessco Water LLC is the current owner.
The good news is that the property was taken over by KJB Theatres and following refurbishment it reopened as the Moon-Lite Drive-In on September 22, 2018. (The Moon-Lite Drive-In has been given its own page on Cinema Treasures).
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