Lincolndale Drive-In

US 30 East,
Warsaw, IN 46580

500 cars

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The Lincolndale Drive-In in Warsaw, Indiana in 1986 was getting ready to open its first full season with two screens. It was built in 1980 when thousands of drive-ins were going dark.

The people of Warsaw supported the Lincolndale Drive-In. The new screens will measure 70 feet by 97 feet, The concession stand was built out of logs for a western motif. Owned by Patterson Theatres each lot holds 250 cars and will mainly play first run films.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 16, 2010 at 1:55 am

Can anyone verify the name? Another drive-in site lists this as Lincolnway.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Open 1985-1995?

It got 2 screens in the early 1990’s?

I’ve found 2 locations the first one is in the middle of an old residential area so that makes no sense. The other location just lists Route 30, that makes more sense, Route 30 goes across the entire United States and is called LINCOLN HIGHWAY.

Need an address, more info and photos.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 29, 2010 at 9:41 pm

My info,I forgot to mention it came from BOXOFFICE.

lipalarp on May 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

My father built and owned the Lincolndale.He bought the Lincolndale Drive-in in Fort Wayne and the Peru Drive in and combined the best of the equipment to build the Warsaw Lincolndale. It died with his death.

sleedy on August 31, 2011 at 2:33 am

The Lincolndale was not on route 30. Before it was demolished, it was on US 30, westbound. The Warsaw Drive in, which lasted another decade (maybe)before also being demolished for a housing addition was on Lincolnway/Lincoln Highway/Old US 30. As near as I can recall, the Lincolndale had some heavy storm damage to the screens one spring, and was never repaired. For years, its location was marked by the old box office and a pile of dirt. It’s now the office for an excavating company.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm

lipalarp…Have pictures to share?

John_M_Moore on February 23, 2019 at 1:06 pm

The Lincolndale Theater was damaged after it had closed due primarily to the death of the owner who was remembered as a good man. I guess I am a bit of a rarity now, because I actually went to the Lincolndale before it closed in Fort Wayne, The Peru when it was still located South of Peru, and the Lincolndale while I was in college near Warsaw.

rivest266 on April 24, 2024 at 1:43 am

Screen was moved to the Warsaw site in June, 1980. Article posted.

50sSNIPES on April 24, 2024 at 9:53 am

The Lincolndale Twin Drive-In appears to be EXTREMELY short-lived. The Indianapolis Star reported that the Lincolndale on US-30 East in Warsaw was completely closed in September 1986 and also stated that the buildings and equipment were at auction.

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