57 Outdoor Theater

Old State Highway 57 & Ulao Parkway,
Grafton, WI 53024

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Opened as the Port Outdoor Theater in 1953, this drive-in was located just off Highway 57 North, for which it was later renamed. In its later years, it showed adult movies. The 57 Outdoor Theater closed in 1985, and was mostly demolished afterwards, though its projection booth still stands and today houses an animal shelter.

The 57’s screen was replaced not long before it closed, and is today being used at the Moonlight Outdoor Theater in Shawano, which opened in 2000.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Seth
Seth on July 24, 2004 at 10:00 am

Wow, porn at a drive-in! How did they manage that?

edwilke
edwilke on March 9, 2007 at 4:55 am

Some links about the location of 57 Outdoor Theater.

Topographical map

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Aerial view 2000

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The projection booth is the small building with a black roof.

MrDriveIn
MrDriveIn on December 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm

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www.drive-inthruwisconsin.com Or contact me at I will give you complete and accurate information about Wisconsin drive-in theaters, just ask. Thanks, Charles Bruss

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Old State Highway 57 & Ulao Pkwy, Grafton, WI 53024

The above address will map to the location of the drive-in.

The 57 Outdoor Theatre was located on the north side of Grafton, which is almost 8 miles further north of Thiensville.

Here is a 1955 aerial photo of the drive-in, located on the west side of Old State Hwy 57, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

http://flic.kr/p/99Nbsi

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I should also mention that I vigorously reviewed the 1955 aerial imagery for Hwy 57 in the areas around Thiensville, and there was no trace of a drive-in theatre. My conclusion was that the Thiensville address is not accurate.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm

That is why I have resorted to using historical aerial imagery to obtain accurate, documented address information for drive-in locations. Address information from 50 years ago is frequently outdated, as roads have been renumbered and renamed over time. People’s memories can also get fuzzy, leading to more erroneous addresses.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I have it being owned by Port Outdoor Theatres,Inc in 1956.

Subcarrier
Subcarrier on May 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

I added some photo scans that I took in 1992.

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