Hammond Twin Outdoor Theatre

7849 Indianapolis Boulevard,
Hammond, IN 46324

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Previously operated by: Essaness Theaters Corp.

Firms: Sydney H. Morris & Associates

Previous Names: Hammond Outdoor Theatre

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Ad from Chicago Sun-Times July 17, 1980 Thursday newspaper

The Hammond Outdoor Theatre opened in 1970 just off of the Borman Expressway on Indianapolis Boulevard. If you drove by at night on the Borman you could see the movie. The theatre held 800 cars and played three movies nightly all year long until the mid-1970’s when it was opened from March through November.

In 1979 a second screen was added that held 600 cars. The drive-in closed around 1984 or 1985 and was replaced about a year after that by a Builders Square and Warehouse Club.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

JohnSanchez on March 23, 2005 at 6:14 pm

I have discovered that the Hammond opened in June of 1970 and not the mid 60’s as I listed above. It’s premiere attraction was “Romeo and Juliet.”

Ricky on April 2, 2005 at 11:37 pm

Now there is really nothing where the Drive-In use to be. It is virtually a wasteland. That part of Hammond in that same state, with K-mart and the Burger King that was there are now gone. I remember going there a few times when I was young, but forgot the movies I saw there. There is really no sign of the Drive-In movie theatre. The Builders Square & Buyer’s Club are long gone for many years now. The only things there now are a DMV, Military Recruiting office, and a Medical Supply place where Buyer’s Club was. It is pretty sad when they say Hammond is a beautiful city, but they might want to open their eyes! That land is going to waste just like the rest of the city! Sorry to complain, but it was once nice in the good old days!

JohnSanchez on April 18, 2005 at 5:02 pm

Lost – The 41 was located on Calumet Avenue on the outskirts of Whiting.

Eric Richeke
Eric Richeke on June 9, 2005 at 12:27 pm

Actually the Kmart, Burger King and a Howard Johnson’s were already there if I remember right. I think the old Builders Square and Warehouse Club, which are behind kmart was the Hammond Twin’s location.

stewme on January 31, 2007 at 8:48 am

On a date here in 1974 in my first car. Cant remember what we went to see. Movies ended, went to start the car and wouldnt. We sat there for about 30 minutes, fogging up the windows again. Car finally started. She thought I did it on purpose. My family used to go quite often to the 41 Outdoor

JRS40 on June 8, 2007 at 2:11 pm

I saw a triple feature of “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Flash Gordon” and “My Bodyguard” here. I remember that Bo Derek’s “Tarzan” was on the other screen so needless to say we missed some of “Empire” to see the “good” scenes.

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

USGS aerial photo uploaded here.

Frog_Hollow on April 3, 2014 at 10:44 pm

At the time, the Hammond Twin Outdoor was a family and neighborhood event on weekends. Tucked behind K-Mart on US41 and 80/94 and just over the Little Calumet River from Highlands Wicker Park Manor (Frog Hollow.) That place was home to many great friend and family memories. I actually signed up here because I wanted to thank the owners and employees that made it such a pleasure to go there should they ever run across this site! We now visit the Outdoor in Valparaiso Indiana which has the same enthusiasm in treating their customers to a wonderful time… and a pretty good pizza as well!

rivest266 on July 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm

This opened on June 13th, 1969. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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