At the peak of the late 50's heyday for America's
outdoor cinema there were more than 40 Drive-ins
operating within the Cornhusker State. Since that time
93% of them have gone dark .. or have been demolished,
and currently, only three remain in operation. These are
the Drive-ins of Nebraska that you can enjoy and support
(and 1 that's almost-in Nebraska .. just over the line in Iowa).
- Alliance (Box Butte) Nebraska
Sandhills Drive-in: 308-762-2913
located at 2617 County Route 57
(7 miles east of town)
The newest of Nebraska's remaining Drive-ins opened up
in 1994 with a single screen and parking for up to 250 cars.
They are open seasonally, June thru September, screening
double features for a one-ticket price. Audio for the movies'
soundtrack is provided by traditional speakers & AM/FM radio.
- Kearney (Buffalo County) Nebraska
Kearney Drive-in: 308-237-2783
located at the end of East 28th Street
The largest of Nebraska's remaining Drive-ins has a
capacity for up to 400 cars; open seasonally, May thru
September (thru Labor Day); screening double features
7 nites a week. The audio for the movies' soundtrack is
provided here by traditional Dr'in speakers as well as a
local radio signal - with both AM (58.9) and FM (90.1).
Admission: $5.50 adults; $3.50 seniors; under 11 free.
- Neligh (Antelope County) Nebraska
Starlite Drive-in: 402-887-5021
located on Highway 275 East
The oldest of Nebraska's remaining outdoor cinemas
opened-up during the early years of the Drive-in boom,
back in 1952; a single screen venue, with a capacity for
300 cars. Their season runs from April thru September,
screening double features 3 nites a week - Fri-Sat-Sun.
Audio for the movies' soundtrack is provided by a local
vicinity radio broadcast on both AM (550) and FM (89.9).
There are still some traditional Drive-in pole speakers
here, but they are only there for looks; a nostalgic touch.
Admission: $5 for ages 12&up; $3 ages 7-11; under 7 free.
Annual Events: the Starlite hosts a festive annual BBQ nite
(usually on the 3rd Saturday in July), to mark its Anniversary,
and Season 2002 is something special - their 50th Anniversary!
- Omaha (Douglas County) Nebraska
At one point, Omaha area residents had their pick of up to
half a dozen Drive-ins .. the 76 West Dodge, the 84th & Center,
the Capris, the Golden Spike, the Skyview, and the Q Twin ..
but presently the only Omaha area Drive-in which remains in
operation is actually in Iowa, a little ways east of Omaha ---
Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County) Iowa
Council Bluffs Drive-in: 712-366-0422
located at 1130 South Omaha Bridge Road
(3 miles east of the South Omaha Bridge)
This single screen venue which has a capacity for 600 cars
has been a fixture here for half a century. Weeknites they
screen double features, adding a third feature 'LateShow'
on Friday & Saturday nites. Admission: $7 (11 & under free).
If you are aware of any Drive-ins
that we seem to have missed, or
would like to contribute any
information to our efforts,
please use this envelope
to send a letter to us.