Mineralite Drive-In

250 K. Street,
Hawthorne, NV 89415

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Mineralite Drive-In

The Mineralite Drive-In was opened in 1953. It was owned by C. Knight and had room for 350 cars.

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kencmcintyre on December 9, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Here is part of an article from the Reno Evening Gazette dated 8/30/57:

Theater Sale is Announced in Hawthorne

HAWTHORNE â€" Mrs. Elizabeth Bearden, owner of the Cactus and Desert theaters in Hawthorne, recently purchased the Mineralite Drive-In Theater and the lease on the Babbitt Theater and will assume active management of these two theaters on Sept 1.

The sale was made by Charles Leonard who has operated the Babbitt theater since 1949 and who constructed the Mineralite Drive-In, Hawthorne’s only drive-in theater, in 1953. Mrs. Bearden has announced that her Desert theater will be closed on Sept 1 and that the Babbitt theater, which has been closed during the summer months, will re-open on Sunday, Sept 1.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on August 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

It looks like this was on the east side of Highway 359 south of town. It’s just south of Spanish Springs Road.

MauriceM on October 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

If I recall correctly, the Drive-In was without the 1-mile square footprint of Hawthorne, roughly where the 200 block of K Street is now.

NYozoner on December 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm

The drive-in was located inside the grid of the town, at 250 K St, Hawthorne, NV 89415. Here is an aerial photo from 1974 which vaguely shows the footprint of the drive-in.


The projection building is in the center of the lot, and the screen is facing due south.

davidcoppock on December 11, 2017 at 11:36 pm

Odd name!! Why was it called Mineralite?

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