Drive-in theater plan cruises

posted by Michael Zoldessy on September 14, 2006 at 4:32 am

WAPELLO, IA — Plans are being executed for a new drive-in, north of Grandview, Iowa.

Property owners Greg and Shilah Lindle are the parents of Kelly Daniels. The Daniels are proposing to use about 5 of the 15 acres to construct an outdoor drive-in movie theater called Cruise-in Drive-in with enough space for up to 300 vehicles. They requested a 15-acre rezoning to avoid claims of spot zoning, which is illegal.

Bob Simmering of HWS Engineering of Muscatine said plans call for a 50- by 35-foot screen on the west end with an entrance on the east end of the 5-acre location. Near the center would be a concession stand/projection booth/arcade, Simmering said. There would be a 1,500-gallon sewage system.

For more, read the Muscatine Journal.

Comments (2)

Craigadams11 on September 14, 2006 at 11:07 am

A friend of mine with much more technical expertise saw this and noted:

His proposed screen size of 35 ft. by 50 ft. is a bit small for a 300-car drive-in, and the ratio of the screen, at 1.47 to 1, is unsuitable for today’s movies. A 35 ft. by 70 ft. screen, with a ratio of 2.0 to 1, would be better. Perhaps someone will advise him on this before construction gets started.

KenLayton on September 14, 2006 at 1:00 pm

It didn’t say the picture area of the screen, just the size of the structure.

The picture size for that size of a drive-in should be 40 feet by 94 feet.

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