Midway Drive-In

19808 Rainbow Ranch Road,
Miller, SD 57362

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Midway Drive-In

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The Midway Drive-In opened on June 18 1953 with Ann Sheridan in “Take Me To Town”. It remained in the same family until 2004. The theater was named for its position midway between Miller and St. Lawrence. It originally could accomodate about 300 cars. It is still open, one of only a few drive-in theaters still operating in South Dakota. The Midway Drive-In’s season runs from May through August.

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Drive-In 54 on July 5, 2014 at 5:54 am

From the website:

Midway Drive-In was constructed in 1953 and has been showing movies every summer since then. It was originally owned and operated by Ernest Schweigerdt and John Kirschenman.

Ernest’s daughter, Alyce, and her husband Marvin Oligmueller purchased the drive-in in 1963. In 1968 a strong summer storm came through during the showing of a movie. The wind was so strong that it blew the screen down. The screen was rebuilt right away and movies were shown throughout the rest of the summer.

In 2004, Midway Drive-In came under new ownership and continues to offer movie-goers in central South Dakota great movies and that nostalgic “drive-in” experience. The current owners are Sally and Duane Resel, Steve and Lori Resel, Stephanie and Jim Bonebright, Sarah Resel, and Mike and Nan Donlin.

Midway Drive-In is one of only five remaining drive-in theatres in South Dakota, the first to convert to digital projection. Whether it’s your first trip to a drive-in or you’re returning to rekindle that unique drive-in feeling, Midway Drive-In is the place to See the Stars from your Cars.

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