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 10 comments)

tomm
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
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
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
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
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
rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

1951 aerial photo uploaded here.

cath61
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
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
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.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 23, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Look again at the photo above. Why would there be a sign facing Sheffield on the back of the screen itself if Sheffield was the rear of the theater? There would be no need for this signage if the actual entrance was at Highway 41.

And the sign has “41” in quotation marks as if to signify it’s not just the name but the landmark so everyone would know where the theater was.

Also when twinned like when the it was a single screen, the Box office was closer to Sheffield as were the exits.

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