Sheldon's Drive-In

3011 2nd Avenue,
Sheldon, IA 51201

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The Sheldon’s Drive-In was opened June 24, 1949 with Rin Tin Tin III & Donald Woods in “The Return of Rin Tin Tin”. It was still open in 1957 when it was operated by Iowa United Theatres out of Des Moines, IA

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kencmcintyre on December 13, 2008 at 11:28 am

From Boxoffice magazine, May 1950:

An extensive program of improvement and beautification is underway at the Sheldon Drive-In, Iowa, for Gib Sessler, proprietor. A new glass block box office is being constructed. The entrance is being redesigned and new lighting provided. Lombardy poplars and Colorado green spruce are being planted along the south fence and screen. A honeysuckle hedge will be planted as well, and the screen tower will be repainted.

Kenmore on June 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Found It!

The drive-in was located just SE of the town at 3011 2nd Ave, Sheldon, IA. Today, RV Central is located on the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining.

MichaelKilgore on March 9, 2023 at 2:14 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 18, 1950: “SHELDON, IOWA - The Sheldon Drive-In has been sold to the Sheldon Theatre Corp. by G. E. Sessler. The corporation is made up of the same group of Des Moines men who recently bought the Iowa Theatre in downtown Sheldon. The drive-in was constructed south of Sheldon last year. This season it was completely redocorated and landscaped.”

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