Hastings Drive-In Theater at Highway
6 & South Wabash Ave. opened in 1949.
Ground breaking for the drive-in was held on February 12, 1949.
Opening ads for the drive-in were in the May, 19, 1949 addition of
the Hastings Daily Tribune. In April of 1951, new playground
facilities were installed. Hastings Drive-in Theater was sold
by its original owner in 1984. The new owners kept the theater
running for about a year. It was closed down permanently
The Drive-in was only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Thursday night was family night - which was better known as Buck night. On Buck night admission was $ 1.00 per vehicle.
How many of you remember our trips to the
concession stand when we had money to spend? We could buy hot dogs,
burgers, candy, cotton candy & pop. If we had enough money, we
could even order pizza which they would bring out to our car when it was ready. If a bunch of girls went together
to the movie,
they usually brought their own popcorn & drinks from home.
|Some of the kids from our class tried to sneak
in friends by hiding them in their trunk. After they
paid the admission fee, they drove to the back, turned off
their car lights and let the kids out of the trunk. Once their
friends were seated in the car, they would proceed to the parking
spot they wanted.
|For a while, it was great fun to sneak into
the drive-in by turning off car lights and driving in through the
exits. This didn't last long as the owners got wise to
this and put in spikes at the exits. If a car drove over the
spikes from the wrong directions the tires were immediately
At the peak of the late 50's for America's
Drive-ins there were over 40 Drive-ins operating in the
state of Nebraska. However, since that time 93% of them
are no longer in existence. They have been closed down or
demolished. Currently there are only 3 Drive-ins remaining
in operation in Nebraska.
|Like the milkman, and paperboy, the drive-in theater has almost become a relic of the past! Those of us who grew up in Hastings during the fifties still remember our excitement when Hastings Drive-in opened.|