Fort Teepee Outdoor Theatre

530 Highway 45 S,
Eagle River, WI 54521

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50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on January 23, 2023 at 12:14 pm

Since you found the location of the Fort Teepee on 2149 O Neil Rd, Eagle River, WI 54521 then I think I found the Eagle River Drive-In on 530 Highway 45 S, Eagle River, WI 54521, which I believe the Eagle River had a little more larger car capacity than the Fort Teepee.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on January 23, 2023 at 11:40 am

Oh, and the location of the Fort Tepee was just south of O Neil Road from the Clearwater Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church, which is still there. The church’s address is 3770 O Neil Rd, Eagle River, WI 54521.

A small drive-in appeared there on a 1972 topo map but not in a 1966 aerial photo, more clues to the opening date. The map indicated a screen at the northwest corner, but I don’t see it in 1966, 1980, or 1981 aerials of the site.

The Eagle River post office delivers its mail, but the church and the drive-in site are clearly part of the unincorporated area known as Clearwater Lake.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on January 23, 2023 at 11:32 am

The Motion Picture Almanac’s first listing for the Fort Tepee Outdoor, located at Clearwater Lake, was when the MPA refreshed its drive-in list for its 1977 edition after a decade of relative inattention. The Fort Tepee’s capacity was list as 100, its owner as J. P. Cozzuol.

The only other hint I could find was in the July 12, 1976 issue of Boxoffice: “The Towne Theatre in New Holstein presented its last show recently and is now for sale. Operator Joe Cozzuolo (sic?), however, has another unit, the Fort Tepee Outdoor at Clearwater Lake in Vilas County, which we understand is doing very well” (Another Boxoffice note in August 1976 on the Towne’s closure spelled the owner’s name Cuzzuol.)

The Fort Tepee’s final appearance in the MPA drive-in list was the 1984 edition, suggesting an earlier closure.