Carena Drive-In

116 Terry Boulevard,
Gering, NE 69341

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp.

Previous Names: Terry's Carena Drive-In

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Carena Drive-In

Terry’s Carena Drive-In was opened on July 23, 1950 when it was operated by Terry Carpenter. Car capacity was listed as 630 cars. There was also seating for 1,000 on bleachers. In January 1962 it was taken over by Commonwealth Theatres. The drive-in closed in 1985 and was demolished in the 1990’s.

Contributed by Chris1982

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

jwmovies on November 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

The location of this drive-in is now 116 Terry Blvd. Gering NE 69341.

Now a rec center and ballfield. Please update.

brianprovo on October 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm

The Carena Drive In and Biggers Drive in were two completely different Drive Ins. Biggers was in Scottsbluff across from the Sugar Beet Factory where as The Carena Or “Terry’s Carena Drive In” was in Terry Town. The Carena was built by “Terrible” Terry Carpenter with bricks from his own sand pit.

Chris1982 on October 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Last operator was Commonwealth Theatre. Originally operated by Terry & his wife Hazel Deane.

brianprovo on October 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Chris 1982 is wrong on a couple things. The Carena was in Terrytown which lies between Scottsbluff and Gering. It is often aligned with Gering however. The picture of the Carena is somehow credited to Chris, I took the photo in the late 1970’s. Brian C

jwmovies on December 18, 2016 at 7:52 am

The address I gave is correct according to 1962 and 1963 aerials. This theater was never actually in Scottsbluff. Upon further research, Terry Blvd. in Gering is in fact named after Terry Carpenter who built the Drive-in.

The correct address for this Drive-in is 116 Terry Blvd, Gering NE 69341.

Please update.

davidcoppock on April 18, 2019 at 6:18 am

Why the name Carena?

MichaelKilgore on May 28, 2019 at 9:25 pm

While it’s true that the Carena has a Gering postal address, municipal boundaries show that it is completely within Terrytown. Which is to be expected; Terry Carpenter founded the drive-in and also incorporated the village and named it for himself.

MichaelKilgore on January 30, 2020 at 6:33 am

Boxoffice, Jan. 1, 1962: “Commonwealth Theatres, with headquarters in Kansas City, has taken over the operation of the Midwest, Bluffs and Oto theatres in Scottsbluff, Neb., as well as Biggers Drive-In and Terry’s Drive-In theatres.”

rivest266 on August 31, 2023 at 2:05 pm

Last season: 1985

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