- Bloomington (Monroe County) Indiana
Starlite Drive-in: 812-824-8036
located at 7630 South Old State Road 37
Although it's sometimes referred to as being in
the little hamlet of Harrodsburg (almost always
neglected by mapmakers), people frequently
report this Drive-in as being difficult to locate,
so we make a point of listing it as Bloomington,
and it is the nearest Drive-in for most of the
Bloomington vicinity ... and so, easiest way
to find this old single screener which is still
lit-up with a double feature each nite: take
Route 37 - about 5 miles S. of Bloomington,
to turn-off (right) onto West Smithville Road,
and then left (south) onto Old Route 37 and
straight-on another ½ mile right to the Dr'in.
- Clermont (Marion County) Indiana
Clermont Deluxe Outdoor Theatres: 317-291-1560
located at 10310 East Highway 136
Originally a solo screen, and now a two-screener,
situated just outside of Indianapolis, opposite the
Indianapolis Raceway. Showing double features
and occasionally, triples, on each of its screens.
- Crawfordsville (Montgomery County) Indiana
Ben Hur Drive-in Theatre: DARK
located at 2310 Indianapolis Road
- Garrett (DeKalb County) Indiana
Auburn Garrett Drive-in: 260-357-3474
located at 1014 State Route 8 (4mi west of Auburn)
(1mi n of Garrett on 327, then 1.5mi west on 8)
Single-screen venue with a capacity for up to 400 cars
that opened during the early years of the Drive-in boom,
back in '51. Open seasonally, April thru September; on
weekends only at the beginning and at the end of their
season; open 7 nites during peak season, Memorial Day -
Labor Day; screening double features; occasional triples.
Audio for the movies' soundtrack is provided on FM (88.7)
radio signal. Admission: $4.50 adults; kids under 12: free.
photo: Justin West
- Georgetown (Floyd County) Indiana
Georgetown Drive-in Theatre: 812-951-2616
located at 8200 State Road 64
Originally a solo screen when it opened in 1951,
Georgetown is now a two-screener, and one of
the few remaining Drive-ins which still maintains
a playground for the wee folk. And for that matter,
among other traditional elements, despite having
upgraded the audio to stereo FM radio, there are
still some Drive-in window speakers here for the
nostalgically inclined. They are open seasonally -
April thru October (fall wknds; 7 nites in summer).
FM frequencies: Screen1 = 95.1 / Screen2 = 91.1
Admission: 12&up $7; ages 5-11 $3; under 5 free.
- Harrodsburg (Monroe County) Indiana
- Huntington (Huntington County) Indiana
Huntington Drive-in: 260-356-5445
located at 1291 Condit Street (at local Route 24)
One of Indiana's oldest Drive-ins, the Huntington
has been lit-up since 1950, and has a capacity for
up to 500 cars. Well done: it's not just that it's old ..
it's the way that they tend to this Ozoner in its old age,
with a certain reverence. Audio has been upgraded
to FM radio (but some traditional speakers remain),
and vintage intermission trailers are still in use.
Open seasonally, April-Sept., on weekends only.
Admission: Ages 12&up $6; ages 5-11 $2.
- Indianapolis (Marion County) Indiana
see also: Clermont, Indiana
photo: Greg Hatcher
- Indianapolis (Marion County) Indiana
Tibbs Drive-in: 317-243-6666
located on the west side of Indianapolis,
just north of I-70, at 480 S. Tibbs Avenue
(2 blocks south of West Washington Street)
This is the last outdoor picture show operating in
Indianapolis, of the 10 which were once lit-up here;
a venerable 4-screener .. which is still maintaining
traditional car window Dr'in speakers, in addition to
providing the movies' audio via FM radio broadcast.
Their season generally runs April - October; wknds
only early & late in the season; 7 nites peak-season;
while offering a choice of 4 sets of double features.
Admission: Monday-Thursday $7 for adults; $2 for
the wee folk; on Fri/Sat/Sun: $8 for adults; $3 kids.
- Kirklin (Clinton County) Indiana
Mel's Back-to-the-50's Drive-in: 765-325-2230
located on State Route 39 N. (8.5 miles north of
Lebanon; 25 mins north of Indianapolis, up I-65).
Open seasonally, April thru September; wknds only;
screening double features. Admission: $12/carload.
- Knox (Starke County) Indiana
Melody Drive-in: 574-772-2042
located at 7055 Highway 35 South
(just south of Bass Lake)
One of Indiana's oldest Drive-ins .. the Melody
has been lit-up consecutively, seasonally, since
1949. They have twin screens and a capacity for
just under 500 cars; screening a pair of double
features 7 nites during peak season; season runs
April thru October. Audio: speakers and FM radio.
Admission: $4.50 adults; free for ages 11 & under.
photo: Don Lechien
- Linton (Greene County) Indiana
Greene County Drive-in:
located on State Road 54 East
aka: Linton Drive-in Theatre
The big screen at Indiana's Oldest Drive-in movie theatre
was first lit in 1948 (the original screen had been replaced
in 1950, after a tornado had taken it out). Back when it first
opened, audio was provided by two huge speakers, one on
each side of the screen; until 1952, when window speakers
were provided for every car. It had been operated for half
a century ('til 1998) by the same man that first lit 'er in '48.
- Logansport (Cass County) Indiana
Skyline Drive-in Theatre: 574-722-1039
located at 1353 North State Road 17
(¾ mile from Logansport)
Single-screen venue open seasonally; weekends only
except in mid-season; screening double features.
Admission: $5 adults; $1.50 kids; 4 & under free.
- Madison (Jefferson County) Indiana
located on Rural Route 5
- Mechanicsburg (Boone County) Indiana
see: Kirklin, Indiana
- Mitchell (Lawrence County) Indiana
Holiday Drive-in: 812-849-4992
located on Highway 37 South
Screening double features; only on weekends.
Admission: ages 12&up $5; ages 4-11 $3.
- Monticello (White County) Indiana
Lake Shore Drive-in: 574-583-0311
located at 100 Rickey Road
A solo screen venue with a capacity for 550 cars;
screening double features nitely in peak season.
Admission: $4.50 adults; under 12 admitted free.
- Moorsville (Morgan County) Indiana
Center Brook Drive-in Theatre: 317-831-1526
located at 6735 Route 67 North
There had been numerous reports that this well-
maintained solo screen would be going 'dark' after
Season 2K, but the reports of its demise, although
encouraged by a disconnected phone number, were
inaccurate. They are open. NOTE: new phone above.
And interestingly, as it happens, opened on Friday,
(April) the 13th of this year .. which was not the
least bit unlucky, in marking its 51st consecutive
season of operation. The Center Brook operates
seasonally, from mid April thru October, lighting
the screen with double features each nite. They
also feature special events ranging from an ELVIS
night, to hosting Dusk-to-Dawn screenings. And,
while FM radio is used for providing the movies'
audio, traditional speakers are maintained also,
for the nostalgic-minded (as is an old fashioned
playground under the big screen for the wee folk).
- Muncie (Delaware County) Indiana
Muncie Drive-in Theatre: DARK
located at 5518 West Kilgore Avenue
- Muncie (Delaware County) Indiana
Ski Hi Drive-in: 765-284-6411
located at 1801 East State Road 28
Season 2002 is this fun and popular Drive-in's 50th
consecutive season. Their eclectic screenings run
April thru September. They really do know how to
put on a show here, juggling pictures between their
2 screens, always holding a deuce; and frequently
enough, one of the screens will host a triple feature;
and occasionally, they'll even host a Dusk-to-Dawn.
Admission: $5 adults; $2 for the wee folk under 12.
- New Albany (Floyd County) Indiana
New Albany Drive-in: DEMOLISHED
formerly located at 2239 State Street
- New Castle (Henry County) Indiana
Sky Vue Drive-in: 765-987-8630
located at 1126 Couny Route 500 South
Single-screen venue open seasonally, May thru September,
screening double features on weekends only (Fri-Sat-Sun).
For the nostalgically inclined, traditional speakers are
still used here, but primarily, audio is FM radio signal.
Admission: $4.50 adults; $2 for ages 5 - 12; under 5 free.
- Noblesville (Hamilton County) Indiana
ABC Outdoor Theatre: GONE!
formerly located at Jct of Routes 37 & 32
(in its present incarnation it's a tool rental business)
- Osgood (Ripley County) Indiana
Bel Air Drive-in: 812-689-5525
located at 337 North Route 421
(between Versailles & Osgood)
The Bel-Air originally opened at the height of America's
Drive-in boom, back in '57 .. but was dark from 1987
to 1996, at which point it was revived and reopened
by the current operators. Meanwhile, the winds of
change are blowing again .. the Bel-Air was to go dark
again when last season ended (Sun., Sept. 24th, 2K);
last year's operators intending to relocate to another
venue with plans to open a 3-screen Drive-in this year ..
Flash FWD: the screen remains lit with Double Features
(under new management); the audio is: FM (105.5) radio.
Admission: $5 ages 12&up; $2 ages 5-11; under 5 free.
- Paoli (Orange County) Indiana
Paoli Drive-in: DARK
located on Highway 150 East
- Plymouth (Marshall County) Indiana
Tri Way Drive-in: 574-936-7936
located at 4400 N. Michigan Road (Route 31)
(5 miles north of Plymouth; 2mi east of Route 6)
Season 2003 is the 51st consecutive season for the old
Tri Way, which opened-up as a single screen venue
in the early years of America's Drive-in boom, and
now hosts three screens. Their season runs April thru
September, and each of their screens is lit-up with
double features every nite .. except on those summer
bookends-- Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend,
when they run their annual Dusk-to-Dawn picture shows.
- Rockport (Spencer County) Indiana
Holiday Drive-in: 812-649-2857
located on Route 231 (at junction of 66)
Indiana's largest drive-in has a capacity for up to
a thousand cars and provides 5 screens that are lit
with a double bill of first-run films on each of them.
Their season runs May thru September, and they're
open every nite of the week during peak season.
Admission: $6 adults; $2 for kids of ages 4- 11.
- Salem (Washington County) Indiana
located on Highway 56 West
- Shelbyville (Shelby County) Indiana
Skyline Drive-in: 317-398-6150
located at 3986 East Michigan Road
(take 119 Exit off of Route 74)
Screening single features during the week, with a
'bonus' film second feature added on the weekends.
Audio for the movies' soundtrack is via radio only.
Admission: $5 adults; $1 for kids of ages 2 thru 11.
- Spencer (Owen County) Indiana
Cinema 67 Drive-in Theatre: 812-879-4240
located at intersection of Routes 231 & 67N
(situated 5 miles north of Spencer)
This well-maintained Dr'in has seen 45 consecutive seasons
and has been under the same ownership for the last thirty.
It's 65' wide screen is lit up with double features each nite,
April thru October; on weekends only early and late in their
season; 7 nites a week between Memorial Day & Labor Day.
Audio for the movies' soundtrack is provided with traditional
drive-in speakers (in the first 7 rows) as a nostalgic nuance,
in addition to both AM and FM local vicinity radio broadcasts.
This a very popular drive-in, particularly on the weekends and
even more so when school's out. While it's important to get here
early, it's even more important to get here hungry -- the 67 has
easily the best concession stand in the state; cleverly extensive
and eclectic menu is backed-up by a restaurant calibre kitchen.
Admission: $5 adults; $2 for ages 5-11; under age 5 admitted free.
- Valparaiso (Porter County) Indiana
49'er Drive-in Theatre: 219-462-6122
located on North State Road 49 - Calumet Avenue
(situated 5 miles north of Valparaiso)
As an 'open' reply to the abundance of mail that we have
received from people who had heard that the 49er was
being put-up for sale, asking for an update on its status
and expressing concern for its future, we're pleased to
report that while it has in fact been sold, the new owners
are inclined to preserve the presence of the past .. and
it continues to operate as a Drive-in (which will continue
a nocturnal tradition that was begun here back in 1956).
Their season runs from April thru September, and the
screen is lit-up with a double feature 7 nites a week
during peak season. Admission: $6 per person (12 +)
and children of ages 11 and under are admitted free.
- Versailles (Ripley County) Indiana
Bel-Air Drive-in: 812-689-5525
see listing under Osgood, Indiana
- Wabash (Wabash County) Indiana
13/24 Drive-in: 219-563-5745
located at 890 North Road 13 (north of Rte.24)
Indiana's largest single-screen venue opened during
the early years of America's Drive-in boom, in 1950 ..
about 50 miles west of Fort Wayne, and 60 miles north
of Indianapolis, with a capacity for 700 cars. They're
open seasonally, April thru November; running 7 nites
during peak season (June-July-August); open only on
weekends early and late in their season. They screen
double features each nite, with a couple of dusk-to-
dawn shows slated each year. Lots of interesting and
nostalgic flourishes .. ranging from the presence of
traditional Dr'in speakers for all 700 parking spaces, to
Drive-in memorabilia on display, and the retro decor of
the concession area (which has a working 40's vintage
popcorn popper), where they earn their reputation for
big burgers and suped-up sandwiches. The audio for the
movies soundtrack is also provided by FM (88.9) radio.
Admission: $5 adults; $2 ages 3-11; free under age 3.
- Warsaw (Kosciusko County) Indiana
Warsaw Drive-in: GONE!
formerly located at 1888 West Lake Street
* If you find yourself visiting or moving to one of
the 51 sub-division lots for condos and homesites
on West Lake Street, and suddenly feel a sensation
of Deja Vu come over you .. well, perhaps you were
here before .. back when it was a Drive-in, with a capacity
for over 400 cars, beneath a solo screen that had been lit
since the 50's heyday of America's outdoor picture shows.
- Winchester (Randolph County) Indiana
Airline Drive-in: 317-584-2545
2870 East Route 32 (3mi east of Winchester)
Single screen venue open seasonally, April thru October:
7 nites a week during peak season; weekends only during
spring and fall; screening double features nitely. The audio
for the movies' soundtrack is provided in FM (104.5) stereo.
Admission: $5 adults; under 12 free. TUES: $5 per carload.