Corral Drive-In

3073 Willis Avenue,
Perry, IA 50220

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Previously operated by: Pioneer Theater Corp.

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The Corral Drive-In was opened June 11, 1949 with Jon Hall in “The Vigilantes Return”. It was operated by Don Smith and Pioneer Theatres Corp. Now Farm Credit Services. Theatre Drive rubs through where the drive-in stood. It was closed at the end of the 1989 season.

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Kenmore on September 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

All traces of the drive-in are gone except for the entrance road on the west side. It runs down from Willis Road and you can still see remnants of it.

50sSNIPES on January 4, 2024 at 6:02 pm

Edited from my August 28, 2023 (9:53 pm) comment:

The Corral Drive-In opened its gates on June 11, 1949 with Jon Hall in “The Vigilantes Return” (unclear if any short subjects were added) featuring an original capacity of 350 cars, a 40x50ft screen constructed on 70ft poles and 25 tons worth of materials, and a Pioneer Chief miniature train set.

On April 23, 1968, the screen was partially damaged by wind gusts during severe thunderstorms, but managed to continue running movies since the damage only destroyed the northwest section of the screen.

The Corral Drive-In closed after the 1989 season.

Kenmore on January 4, 2024 at 9:10 pm

A closer address is 3073 Willis Ave, Perry, IA.

This lines up better with the entrance road to the drive-in, which does remain in outline form today.

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