Lake Shore Drive-In

100 Rickey Road,
Monticello, IN 47960

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Monticello Drive-In

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Lake Shore Drive-In

The Monticello Drive-In opened as a single screen in 1949. It was later renamed Lake Shore Drive-In and is now a twin screen theater with a car capacity of 570.

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shoeshoe14 on March 10, 2007 at 3:57 pm

They added a second screen in 2003.

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Drive-In 54 on June 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

You can tell they installed wings on the screen tower for showing Cinemascope pictures.

Chris1982 on June 12, 2014 at 11:18 pm

This drive-in opened as the Monticello Drive-In in 1949.

KenLayton on June 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

What a beautiful screen tower!

Chris1982 on September 21, 2014 at 1:57 am

The lake Shore has made the conversion to digital projection according to their website.

MichaelKilgore on July 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm

When it opened in 1949, the Theatre Catalog listed Exec: A. E. Campbell Ct., capacity 400.
1952: A. L. Taylor and J. C. Rickey.
1955: H. A. Taylor.

The 1959 IMPA had A. L. Taylor and capacity 500.
1963: Marc Brazee.
1982: M. Brazee, capacity 400.
1988: M. Brazee, still listed as the Monticello.

Earle and Phyllis McLachlan bought the place around 2000. Was that when the name changed?

MichaelKilgore on July 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm

From the May 21, 1961 Logansport Pharos-Tribune (with OCR typos): “The Monticello Drive-in Theatr owned by Al Taylor and Cliffor Rickey has been sold to Marc Brazee of Greenwood, Indiana”

MichaelKilgore on July 5, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Sounds like they replaced the main screen during the 2013-14 off-season. An April 2014 article that misspells owner Earl McLachlan’s name, quotes him as saying, “We have the new screen up”. Google Street View from July 2015 shows the new screen, sturdier but less nostalgic than in previous photos here.

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