Albia Drive-In

4th Avenue E and 664th Avenue,
Albia, IA 52531

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Previously operated by: Central States Theatres Corp

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The Albia Drive-In opened its gates on May 20, 1954 with Randolph Scott in “Hangman’s Knot” and Humphrey Bogart in “The African Queen” along with two unnamed cartoons, featuring a capacity of 250 cars.

The original screen size measured 45x50ft, and between both the booth and the screen was a playground featuring a merry-go-round, a slide, a teeter-totter, and a sandbox. The speaker poles with plastic-covered speakers were installed by Dale Remy and Dean Lane.

It was closed in the mid-1960’s.

Contributed by 50sSNIPES

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Kenmore on August 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm

A 1978 aerial shows nothing but parch marks of the ramps, outline, and entrance/exit road of the drive-in. The parch marks have long faded away.

Today, a house sits about where the screen once stood. Most of the property is farmland. But there is one small trace of the drive-in remaining. A few feet of the entrance road still exists, albeit in dirt form, where it connects to 664th Avenue.

50sSNIPES on September 9, 2023 at 7:20 pm

Robert Morton first operated the Albia Drive-In until he was transferred to Fremont, Nebraska in April 1956. Tom Ryan of Cairo, Nebraska became the new manager for both King Theatre and Albia Drive-In in Albia, who also formerly managed the Cairo Theatre in Cairo, Nebraska.

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