100 Twin Drive-In

710 Medtronic Parkway NE,
Fridley, MN 55432

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100 Twin Drive-In

This drive-in was opened as a single screen in April 1951, but was named 100 Twin Drive-In. It was operated by Robert B. Brazil of Avro Theaters. Capacity was 638 cars at that time. On June 11, 1958 it did become a twin screen theatre, opening with Yvonne Lime in “Dragstrip Riot” & Scott Marlow in “Cool and the Crazy” showing on the new East Screen and Lana Turner in “Peyton Place” showing on the original screen which was renamed West Screen. The screens (which were back to back) blew down by a tornado on May 6, 1965. It was closed in 1985.

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Chris1982 on June 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

I don’t think the aerial above is of the 100 Twin. It says the aerial is from 1957 but the 100 was a twin drive-in in 1951.

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Drive-In 54 on June 21, 2014 at 8:08 am

Chris..I checked the aerials thinking I put the wrong date on the picture. That is the right date according to the website. Was the 100 Twin built/opened as a twin screen drive-in? We need a opening day ad, that would tell us. From my research there was not to many twin drive-ins being built in the early 1950’s. In Pensacola, FL. Gulf States Theatres opened one in 1952.

Chris1982 on June 21, 2014 at 11:37 pm

The Motion Picture Yearbook lists this drive-in as the 100 Twin Drive-In in 1951. Each year after it lists it as the same.

50sSNIPES on December 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm

This Is Confusing. Did This 100 Twin Actually Is An Early Twin?

50sSNIPES on December 11, 2022 at 12:50 pm

The theater was owned by Robert B. Brazil who owned the theater throughout its history. During its last years in operation, Robert was diagnose with cancer. Because of the illness after 34 years of owning the theater since the 100 Twin Drive-In’s grand opening in April 1951, Robert closed the 100 Twin Drive-In for the final time in 1985. Sadly the following year, Robert passed away from it on May 27, 1986.

Strangely enough, right when the theater began construction in September of 1950, a newspaper advertisement explains the questions on where the theater was and even telling what the “100 Twin” is.

Kenmore on December 11, 2022 at 1:22 pm

The 1957 aerial is quite clear in showing a single-screen drive-in at that location. By 1966, it became a “twin”.

So, the question is whether this is the correct location or whether it was named “100 Twin” when it only had one screen for at least the first six years of its operation?

Or some other explanation.

50sSNIPES on December 12, 2022 at 9:49 am

It should’ve named the theater, 100 Drive-In, or something similar with “100” in it. But it’s strange that the paper said “100 Twin” way before it became a twin theater.

MichaelKilgore on December 12, 2022 at 11:46 am

Looking at the 1951 newspaper ads for the drive-in, I was reminded of the regional usage of “Twin” - it’s a way of including the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. (For example, the name of the baseball team there.) That would explain the name that would otherwise be misleading until 1958, when the drive-in switched to a two-sided screen.

First 100 Twin Drive-In Theatre ad that featured two screensFirst 100 Twin Drive-In Theatre ad that featured two screens 11 Jun 1958, Wed The Minneapolis Star (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Newspapers.com

5-7-1965: Destruction of 100 Twin Drive-In from 5-6-65 Fridley Tornado, Mpls Tribune5-7-1965: Destruction of 100 Twin Drive-In from 5-6-65 Fridley Tornado, Mpls Tribune 07 May 1965, Fri Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Newspapers.com

Kenmore on December 12, 2022 at 12:50 pm

The drive-in does sorta sit between Minneapolis and St. Paul, although when it was built it sat north of both cities. So, that use of the word “Twin” would make sense.

And considering that two-screen drive-ins were quite rare in those days, there would not be any confusion about the name.

Of course, the other odd thing about the name is the “100” which refers to the highway that the drive-in sits next to, but does NOT connect with. The 100 Twin connected to the popular Medtronic HWY and would be how most residents of St. Paul would reach the drive-in.

However, the use of “100” may be to differentiate the drive-in from the nearby Hill-Top which sat about one mile to the south and also connected to the Medtronic HWY.

davidcoppock on December 14, 2022 at 9:29 am

Opened as 100 Twin Drive-in on 11nd June 1958 on the east screen with “Dragstrip riot” and “Cool and the crazy' and on the west screen with Dragstrip riot”, “Cool and the crazy'” and “Peyton Place”.

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