How Many Drive-In Theaters Are Still Open In Iowa?
Drive-in theaters are a treasure of the past.
While we're going through a typical (snowy) Iowa spring, we can't help but think ahead to the simple joy that we get from summer drive-in theaters.
During the height of the pandemic, we saw an increased interest in drive-in movie theaters. You could safely enjoy a movie, get out of the house, and escape from the scariness of the world for a few hours in your own car.
And remember when gas was lower than it had been in decades since people were barely using their cars? Those drive-ins also gave us good excuses to get back into our motor vehicles again.
Back home in Pennsylvania during the pandemic, I was able to spend some quality time with my family at the local drive-in. Those trips during the spring, summer, and fall of that year are memories that I'll actually treasure forever.
When I first started doing my research about this, I assumed that Iowa would be home to a plethora of drive-in theaters. The Hawkeye State seems like the ideal place to have a whole bunch of these vintage theaters.
It looks like that is not the case...
According to the Drive In Movie website, Iowa used to have approximately 70 drive-in theaters in the state back in the '50s. Now, there are only 4 in all of Iowa.
Here are a list of all of the remaining drive-in movie theaters in the Hawkeye State that are still in operation:
Blue Grass Drive-In Theater
774 W Mayne Street Blue Grass
1228 U.S Hwy 61 Delmar
Valle Drive-In Theater
4074 Highway F48 Newton
Superior 71 Drive-In Theater
1482 300th Ave Spirit Lake
Did we miss any? Make sure to comment or message us about any drive-ins we might have missed.