41 Outdoor Theater

2500 S. Calumet Avenue,
Hammond, IN 46323

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41 Outdoor Main Screen

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The 41 Outdoor Theater was opened on May 21, 1949. It was designed by Chicago based architect Robert K. Bauerle out of architectural firm Rapp & Rapp. I remember this theater when I was a child. My parents used to go there in the 1960’s and we would sleep in the back seat after getting worn out on the swings and slides. I remember seeing “Goldfinger” and when The Beatles were popular, my older brother insisted on seeing “Help!” and “A Hard Day’s Night”.

The original screen was huge, like a building. Later, a second screen was added. The site is now occupied by a trucking business. All that is left are the concrete pillars of the second screen.

Contributed by James Pardonek

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

tomm on September 4, 2004 at 5:20 am

Does anyone know the official date of closure for the Hammond, Indiana 41 Outdoor Theater?

jackwarr on August 15, 2005 at 6:55 am

Oh yeah, I remember going to this place as a kid every time a new Elvis movie came out (at least three times a year?). We would play on the swings up front until the movie started. I seem to remember that there was always a guy there with a pet skunk. It was a hit with the kids.

SouthsideBoy on December 28, 2006 at 9:20 am

My Dad helped build and run his drive in whioch was sold to I believe to Ben Kolhberg in the late 60’s. I think it was last open in the late 70’s but I’ll find out. I spent many Sat nights there watching movies until we passed out.

stewme on January 31, 2007 at 5:27 am

We used to go here just about every other weekend in the 60s. We would have 4-5 family cars lined up. It was cheap for the family(4 kids). We had a great time in the play area. Didnt care about the movies unless they were funny

ellentim on June 9, 2008 at 7:27 am

I used to ride my bicyle there from the southeast side of Chicago in the early 70’s and sneak in the exit, until they figured out that trick! I went there the legal way until the late ‘70s. I would estimate it closed around 1981. (RIP)

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

1951 aerial photo uploaded here.

cath61 on February 13, 2013 at 6:16 am

Is this definitely a Rapp and Rapp? I ask because Cornelius died in 1926, George in 1942. If it opened in 1949, they were both gone.

jwmovies on October 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm

The above address is incorrect. It was further south.

This drive-in was located at 2751 Sheffield Ave. Hammond IN 46320. Please update.

There were 2 entrances. Hwy 41’s entrance was for southbound traffic. You could only enter northbound as well as southbound from Sheffield.

Chris1982 on October 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

In looking at the aerial you can see that the main entrance was on 41 (Calumet Ave.) Sheffield is behind the Drive-In.

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