Town & Country Drive-In

21861 Highway J46,
Centerville, IA 52544

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Town & Country Drive-In

The Town & Country Drive-In opened by 1954 when it was operated by Wayne McCalment & Bob Martin. Car capacity was 400 cars. It closed on June 14, 1986 with Steve Guttenberg in “Police Academy” & Goldie Hawn in “"Wildcats”.

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Kenmore on June 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is 21745 Couny Road J46, Centerville, IA. Today, it appears that a business sits on the property, but you can still see the outline and ramps of the drive-in clearly.

jwmovies on September 26, 2016 at 9:46 pm

21846 Hwy J46, Centerville, IA 52544 is a better address. This points directly to the entrance.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on May 10, 2021 at 9:30 am

The 1955-56 Theatre Catalog included Centerville’s Town and Country Drive-In, capacity 400 cars, owners “Wayne McCalment and Bob Martin, and A. A. Renfro, Omaha, Neb.”

A UPI wire service story, carried on the following day’s front page of the Joplin (MO) News Herald, said that a severe windstorm on Aug. 8, 1956, leveled Centerville’s drive-in theater about midnight.

MichaelKilgore on May 17, 2023 at 9:43 pm

I pulled up Google Maps and clicked the former concession building. The result was 21861 Hwy J46. jwmovies' address now points to a spot on the other side of J46.

50sSNIPES on August 28, 2023 at 5:41 pm

The Town & Country Drive-In opened its gates on August 1, 1952 with Randolph Scott in “The Cariboo Trail” along with multiple Terrytoons cartoons and a newsreel. The original screen measures 60x50ft.

Correction on its June 14, 1986 closing: The Town & Country Drive-In closed with “Police Academy 3: Back In Training” (not the first one), and “Wildcats”.

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