Westgate Outdoor Theater

4801 Washington Avenue,
Racine, WI 53406

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Previously operated by: Standard Theaters Management Corp.

Previous Names: Racine Outdoor Theater

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Westgate Outdoor Theater

The Racine Outdoor Theater opened April 30, 1949 with Doris Day in “Romance on the High Seas”. The name was changed to Westgate Outdoor Theatre in 1952. This drive-in had a capacity for 600 cars. The Westgate Outdoor Theater closed on September 18, 1978 with Burt Reynolds in “The End” & Burt Reynolds in “Gator”. It was demolished early-May 1979.

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MrDriveIn on December 3, 2008 at 5:04 pm

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www.drive-inthruwisconsin.com There you will find photos, original newspaper ads and a whole lot more. Or contact me at I will give you complete and accurate information about Wisconsin drive-in theaters, just ask. Thanks, Charles Bruss

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm

O.K. Charles whats the address of Mid-City Outdoor???????

LouisRugani on August 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

(Racine Journal Times, October 14, 1958)
The board (of education) rejected the stipulations made by S. J . Papas of Chicago for the sale of approximately nine acres of land bounded by Wright avenue, Ohio street, Sixteenth street and Perry avenue.
Papas, who also owns the adjacent outdoor theater property, said he would sell providing that the school system would never object to the use of his other property to the north as a theater or other commercial purposes, make no attempt to have the theater property annexed to the city and that the land would be resold to him if no school is built on the site by Dec. 31, 1963. Papas offered the property for $27,500. The school board is seeking to enlarge its present 9.3 acre future junior high school site at Ohio and Sixteenth streets.

rivest266 on November 14, 2017 at 6:49 pm

This opened on April 30th, 1949. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Found on Newspapers.com

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on September 10, 2018 at 9:19 am

Final night of operation was September 18, 1978 with a Burt Reynolds double feature: “The End” and “Gator”. Westgate Mall Shopping Center now occupies the former drive-in site.

davidcoppock on November 6, 2018 at 11:10 pm

“The end”, how appropriate!!

davidcoppock on November 6, 2018 at 11:19 pm

Also opened with latest news and a colour cartoon(not named).

50sSNIPES on August 19, 2023 at 10:39 am

Demolished in Early May 1979.

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