Harlan Drive-In

2401 12th Street,
Harlan, IA 51537

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Harlan Drive-In

The Harlan Drive-In was opened on May 21, 1949 with Larry Parks in “The Swordsman”. By 1955 it was operated by Alfred Haals. It was still open in 1966. The entrance is now Blair’s Fast Stop gas station. The building next door to the west is where the field was. All that’s left is the exit road. It was closed at the end of the 1984 season.

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50sSNIPES on September 14, 2023 at 3:25 pm

Edited from my April 30, 2020 (11:46 AM) comment: The Harlem Drive-In opened its gates on May 21, 1949 with Larry Parks in “The Swordsman” along with a few short subjects, with an original screen size of 48x55ft. It was first operated by Alfred Haals.

Once remodeled before the 1952 season, the original screen blew down by heavy winds in July 1958 forcing a short closure until screen replacement. The original speakers operated until 1977 when it was replaced with radio.

The Harlan Drive-In closed after the 1984 season.

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