Moonlight Drive-In

5830 Cline Avenue,
Hammond, IN 46323

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Previously operated by: Tri-State Theaters

Previous Names: Moonlight Drive-In

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Moonlight Drive-In

The Moonlite Drive-In opened on June 3, 1949 with Jack Carson in “My Dream is Yours”. It first appeared in the Film Daily Year Book’s annual list in the 1950 edition. It closed in 1959 when the state paid $400,000 for the site to build the US 20-US 12 Highway Cloverleaf.

The 1959 Motion Picture Almanac listed the drive-in with a capacity of 750 cars, owner Tri-State Drive-In Corp.

Nothing remains of the Moonlight Drive-In today except that Cloverleaf that replaced it.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Kenmore on August 13, 2019 at 8:55 am

It does appear that the outline of part of the back fence and ramp remain from the drive-in.

rivest266 on March 31, 2022 at 9:50 am

This opened on June 3rd, 1949. Grand opening ad posted.

50sSNIPES on June 27, 2022 at 5:52 pm

This Actually Was Named The “Moonlite” Drive-In As Its Primary Name, With “Moonlight” Being Secondary.

The Moonlite Opened On June 3, 1949 With Jack Carson In “My Dream Is Yours” With No Extra Short Subjects, And Closed At The End Of The 1959 Season In Early October 1959, Yes In Connection For US 20-US 12 After The State Paid $400K.

Denverpalace on December 5, 2022 at 5:39 pm

In October 1948 newly formed Tri-City Drive-In Corp. broke ground on a 70-acre site for a 1000-car drive-in theater costing $100,000 at 5th Avenue and Cline in Hammond (but near Gary). It was tentatively named Starlight.

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