Hilltop Drive-In

Highway 9 and W. Highway 18,
Gregory, SD 57533

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Hilltop Drive-In

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One of only a handful of outdoor movie theatres still in operation in South Dakota, the Hilltop Drive-In opened in 1946. The theatre can accomodate 240 cars. It features both car radio and speaker sound. This classic drive-in’s season runs from May to October.

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

The address is U.S. 18 & County Rd. 9 Gregory, SD 57533

Chris1982
Chris1982 on July 21, 2014 at 12:42 am

The street address given when I called the Drive-in was 33575 W. Hwy 18, Gregory, SD 57533. They havae made the conversion to digital projection. Google don’t seem to want to map the address.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on October 19, 2014 at 6:39 am

Sometimes Goggle does not map to the address’s out in the country. It is better to use cross streets in this case:

Hwy 9 & Hwy 18 Gregory, SD 57533

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on July 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm

No website. Movie showtimes are listed on their Facebook page.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on June 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

The Hilltop’s Facebook page doesn’t show any listings yet for 2017. Its top post is a GoFundMe campaign for a digital projector. “Without a new projector they are unable to get current movie titles!”

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on June 1, 2017 at 11:17 am

Then I called the Hilltop’s information line, which talked about the “brighter” picture available now and said the movie for “this weekend” is The Boss Baby. Which suggests that (a) the Hilltop is alive for the 2017 season, (b) they somehow found a digital projector, and © they’re not first-run.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on June 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Aha! A May 2017 article in The Daily Republic (Mitchell SD) said owner Cecil Harsin had enough for a down payment on a digital projector, although fundraising would continue this summer to pay it off.

Also: Harsin bought the Hilltop in 1989 “when the previous owners threatened to close it.”

“Harsin said the theater only shows movies that are less than two weeks old.” So maybe it’s usually first-run after all.

The Daily Republic called the Hilltop SD’s oldest drive-in but said it was built in 1947.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on June 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Although the Hilltop was reportedly built in ‘46 or ‘47, it didn’t appear in the 1952 Theatre Catalog or earlier editions. The 1955-56 Catalog lists it, capacity 240, Exec: Roy Metzger. (The 1959 IMPA lists it incorrectly as “Gregory Drive-In” but with R. Metzger.)

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Keep in mind the Theatre Catalog’s and IMPA’s have dubious and missing information in them. So be careful in using them for reference.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on June 15, 2017 at 12:45 pm

I agree completely. Those old guides were often slow to notice drive-ins, then slow to remove them when they closed. And that’s when the listings were accurate! :)

Anyway, KDLT ran a video with Cecil ‘Slim’ Harsin this week. Worth watching.

KDLT said the nonprofit Gregory Horizon Development Corporation actually bought the digital projector on a loan.

As shown in the video, Last weekend the Hilltop showed the latest Smurfs installment, released nine weeks earlier. This weekend, they’ve scheduled Baywatch, released three weeks earlier. I’m still not convinced on “First Run”.

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