Pheasant City Drive-In

17230 US Highway 281,
Redfield, SD 57469

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Pheasant City Drive-In (Official)

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Previously operated by: Black Hills Amusement Co.

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Sioux Drive-In

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Pheasant City Drive-In

The Sioux Drive-In opened August 13, 1953 with Jeff Chandler in “The Great Sioux Uprising”. In 1973 it was renamed Pheasant City Drive-In and was closed in 2013 when the land was sold. It has a capacity for 200 cars. It was reopened for the 2014 season on May 30, 2014 with “The Amazing Spiderman 2”.

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rivest266 on May 23, 2009 at 11:03 am

Did it opened as Sioux Drive-In and renamed Pheasant DI in the late 1970?

Chris1982 on July 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Opened as the Sioux Drive-In in 1953. Later renamed the Pheasant City Drive-In. Parked 200 Carss

rivest266 on January 2, 2015 at 10:01 am

Reopening for 2015, was open for the 2014 season.

MichaelKilgore on June 2, 2017 at 8:06 am

From the theater’s history page:

Pheasant City Drive In Theatre was built in 1953 by the State Theatre Company of Brookings S.D. Dan Peterson (owner of the State Theatre Co.) opened it on August 13, 1953 as the Sioux Drive In. It was the 4th Drive In of the State Theatre Company. Other Sioux Drive Ins were at Brookings, Pierre and Rapid City. Opening Movie was “Sioux Uprising” 1953 was the shortest season – closing September 15.

Kurt Wilske was the Manager of the Drive In from the opening until April 30th 1962. Don and Rita Nenaber were the managers from May 1, 1962 until March 1963, when the Drive In was sold to Don and Kay Archer. Kay’s parents had operated the theatre and (edit: presumably the Rainbow) Drive In in Gettysburg, S.D. for many years. This gave Kay several years of Drive In experience. Don was teaching in Tulare, S.D. and the Drive In was a good summer job.

About 1970 after changing jobs the Archers moved to Chamberlain and in March of 1972 sold the Drive In to Tom and Letha Gallup. Toms theatre career started in 1958 at the Old State Theatre (where Dick’s Barber Shop is now) and at the Sioux Drive In in May 1959.

January 2014 The Pheasant City Drive In Theatre was purchased by Dave and Stacey Marlow and her parents Clark and Rosa Davis. It was then converted to digital and opened May 30, 2014 showing “The Amazing Spiderman 2” as the first digital movie.

MichaelKilgore on June 21, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Motion Picture Exhibitor, Nov. 23, 1966: “The Black Hills Amusement Co. will operate the State hardtop and the Soui (sic) Drive-In, Rapid City, S.D. The firm also runs the Elk and Rapid houses and two drive-ins in the city. Former owners were John and Tom George.”

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