Ben Hur Drive-In

2310 Indianapolis Road,
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

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Named for the title character of Crawfordsville native Lew Wallace’s famed 1880 novel, the Ben Hur Drive-In opened prior to 1955 and could accommodate 700 cars. It was located on Indianapolis Road at Main Street (Route 136). This single-screen drive-in closed in the mid-1990’s and was torn down in 1997.

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 26, 2005 at 12:38 am

I’m trying to compile a list of movie theatres that were actually named after real movies. So far I have this “Ben-Hur Drive-In,” “Accattone” in Paris after the Pasolini film, a “Cinema Paradiso” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, “Smultronst√ɬ§llet” (Wild Strawberries) in Stockholm, “New Merry Widow Theatre” in St. Louis (may be named after the operetta), “Rear Window” (a series at various Boston locations,) “Grand Illusion Cinema” in Seattle. Any others?

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