75 Drive-In

2909 US 75 Business,
Sioux City, IA 51105

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Previously operated by: Affiliated Theaters Inc. (Sioux City, IA), Dubinsky Brothers, Tri-State Theatres (TX)

Previous Names: Drive-In

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75 Drive-In

The Drive-In was opened on June 15, 1948 with Robert Paige in “The Red Stallion”. It was operated by H.A. Blank of Tri-States Theatre Corp. of Des Moines. By 1951 it was operated by Affiliated Theaters Inc. of Sioux City, IA. In 1954 it was renamed 75 Drive-In. Car capacity was 750 cars. The drive-in was operated by the Dubinsky Brothers Theatres and was one of two drive-ins they operated in Sioux City. It was still open in 1994, but had closed by the early-2000’s.

Contributed by Chris1982

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Kenmore on November 18, 2014 at 9:51 am

Found It. The Drive-In was located on the NE side of town at approximately 2909 US 75 Business (Google). You can still see the outline and entrance/exit to the property. https://goo.gl/maps/zOXGG

Side Note: the Drive In appears in an areal view listed as taken in 1949 on NETR Online. I cannot speak for the accuracy of when the photo was taken, but if true then the drive-in was built before 1954.

Chris1982 on November 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm

I don’t know about the accuracy of the aerial, but the papers on the Dubinsky Brothers list it as opening a year after the Gordon Twin DI which opened in 1953. According to the MPY it didn’t open until 1954. There was also an earlier drive-in called the Capri DI located on Highway 75. Could the aerial your talking about have been the Capri?

Kenmore on November 19, 2014 at 8:36 am

You are exactly right Chris1982. I did another search and found a drive-in located SE of the city on HWY 75 that I didn’t see on my previous searches. Probably because I only saw the 75 & the Gordon Twin listed for Sioux City, I never thought their might be a third one along 75 as well (my mistake).

The location of this third Drive-In is about 4830 South Lewis Bld. (Old US 75). https://goo.gl/maps/9BsSk

Today, it holds three baseball and one softball fields with little evidence of the old drive-in save for the unusual entrance roadway and the clubhouse apparently being built on where the projector/concession stand once stood.

HOWEVER, while it appears on the 1977 and 1972 Topographical maps, it does NOT appear on the 1965 one. This may have been an oversight, but given the detail of the map about other locations (including the other drive-in on the north side), it also might mean that this drive-in didn’t exist at the time. Further research will be needed to confirm if this one is actually the 75 Drive-In.

jwmovies on October 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm

AKA Drive-in according to Drive-ins.com.

50sSNIPES on September 14, 2019 at 7:29 pm

It’s Still Opened And Operational In 1994 But Closed And Demolished In The Early 2000’s. As Earliest My Best Guess Will Be 2003.

kennerado on October 15, 2019 at 4:24 am

The projection building appears to still exist along with the entrance and exit roads.

Kris4077 on October 15, 2019 at 10:58 am

According to historic aerials 1949, 1950, 1971 it appears that everything is still there. However in the 1994 Aerial everything but ramps have been demolished. In the 2002 aerial buildings have been built on the sight. In the Google earth view you can still see traces of the ramps.

50sSNIPES on November 3, 2019 at 6:55 pm

That’s What I Saw Too Kris.

50sSNIPES on August 10, 2023 at 5:57 am

The Drive-In opened its gates on June 15, 1948 with “The Red Stallion” along with an unnamed Mickey Mouse cartoon, an unknown musical novelty, and a Fox Movietone Newsreel.

The 75 Drive-In closed its gates for the final time on August 30, 1987 with “The Untouchables” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

50sSNIPES on August 10, 2023 at 8:01 am

Both the screen and concession stand/projection booth were removed in the early-1990s. Traces remain until the late-1990s. Harris Hopkins Campus now occupies the former theater site.

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