Winner Drive-In

27865 317th Avenue,
Winner, SD 57580

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Winner Drive-In

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The Winner Drive-In was opened in June 1950 when it was operated by Harvey Fast. It could accomodate 208 cars. By 1955 it was operated by Harvey Fast and Co-Op Theatre Services. It is one of the few outdoor theaters which is still in operation in South Dakota. The drive-in can accomodate 375 cars, and features a playground, and a section of outdoor stadium style seats.

The Winner Drive-In was once one of two drive-ins located in Winner (the other was the Pix Drive-In, closed in 1998). The theatre’s season runs from May through September.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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sdmovieman on August 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Actually the Winner drive-in and the Pix drive in were fierce competitors! The Winner was Winner’s (pop. 3137) first drive-in and was operated by Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Fast. Mrs. Fast still operates it.
The Pix Drive-in was built a few years later by Roy Metzger who owned the indoor Pix and Ritz Theatres downtown. After Roy passed away, Rick Meister took over the downtown Pix and the Pix drive in. The Ritz was sold to a church. The landlord at the Pix drive-in decided to use the land for other developement and refused to renew the lease so the Pix drive in closed and the land is now used to park construcction equipment.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Looks like entrance is off 317th Ave.

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TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Nice shot SilconSam.

jwmovies on January 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 27865 317th Ave.

Trolleyguy on July 9, 2016 at 1:17 pm

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

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 9, 2016 at 6:46 pm

NeonMichael on May 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The 1952 Theatre Catalog listed the capacity as the oddly specific 208. That may have been a typo; the 1955 edition had it at 200. Then again, the 1959 IMPA also had it at 208.

WinnerDriveIn on November 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm

The information here is incorrect. My father, Harvey Fast, built and opened the Winner Drive In Theatre in June of 1950. Dad always owned the drive in, and it was always the Winner Drive In Theatre according to the information I have been given. Mom, who will turn 86 this year, still operates the Drive In. The picture is great!

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