Hillcrest Drive-In

3166 Hudson Road,
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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50sSNIPES on August 26, 2023 at 8:35 am

The exact address for the old HIllcrest was located on 3166 Hudson Rd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

50sSNIPES on August 26, 2023 at 8:21 am

Correction: The old Hillcrest was located where the Physical Plant is on Hudson Road, next to the intersection of University Avenue.

50sSNIPES on August 25, 2023 at 9:00 pm

The original Hillcrest Drive-In opened its doors on May 4, 1951 with “Blue Grass Of Kentucky” and “Blonde Dynamite” along with an unnamed cartoon and a newsreel, and closed on May 22, 1966 with “The Sandpiper” and “Bunny Lake Is Missing”. At the time, the original Hillcrest had a capacity of 575 cars and a 70x30ft CinemaScope screen.

The “new” Hillcrest Drive-In opened its gates down the street on May 27, 1966 with “The Great Spy Mission” and “36 Hours”, featuring an original car capacity of 775 cars (which later downgraded to 500 throughout time) and a 100x40ft screen.

The Hillcrest closed for the final time on September 3, 2000 with “Dinosaur”, “Gone In 60 Seconds” and “Shanghai Noon” as a triple feature.

rivest266 on July 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

This opened on May 4th, 1951 at Hwy 57 & 58. Grand opening ad uploaded here.

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Drive-In 54 on July 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Goggle Earth 1995 View.To bad Lost Memory is not around anymore. We could ask him!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm

How could it open in 1975 and show movies in 1964.Am I missing something.Dates must be wrong.KenMc great ads again.

kencmcintyre on March 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Here is an August 1964 ad from the Waterloo Daily Courier: