Panhandle Drive-In

4840 Road 39,
Kimball, NE 69145

260 cars

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Panhandle Drive-In

Located in the panhandle of Nebraska. The Panhandle Drive-In opened on May 1. 1954 with Gig Young in “Arena” & Janet Leigh in “Fearless Fagan”. It closed around 1980.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Anthony,Here you go. The Panhandle Drive-in parked 260 cars and was owned by Panhandle Theatre Corp.

TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Interesting Name.

jwmovies on February 20, 2019 at 1:14 am

A more accurate address for this theater is 4840 Rd 39, Kimball, NE 69145. This points directly to the entrance road. The screen is still up. Most ramps are still visible.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on November 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Jan. 30, 1954: “The Panhandle drive-in, Kimball, Neb., is being readied to open May 1. With a 250-car capacity, the drive-in is being built by the Panhandle Theatre Corp., composed of Kimball business men.”

Motion Picture Herald, May 22, 1954: “Nate Eastman has opened 300-car drive-in, the Panhandle, at Kimball, Neb.”

MichaelKilgore on February 9, 2020 at 4:36 pm

Boxoffice, June 19, 1967: “Paul Cory had taken over operation of the Panhandle Drive-In at Kimball, Neb.”

dallasmovietheaters on March 2, 2021 at 7:54 am

The Panhandle Drive-In launched May 12, 1954 with Gig Young in “Arena” and Janet Leigh in “Fearless Fagan.”

dansdriveintheater on March 2, 2021 at 8:43 am

everything remains including the concession stand and marquee wouldn’t be hard to get this one reopened!

SethG on February 29, 2024 at 11:07 am

The map marker for this one is at least a hundred miles too far east.

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