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Drive-in Theater

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c. 1950. US 18, west of the city limits

The structure that intervenes between the highway and the interior of the theater, including the drive-through entrance, is loosely Colonial Revival, i.e., it has gabled roofs and dormers, and clapboard siding. But what greets those who purchase tickets is a ticket booth in a pure Streamline Moderne style. The front of the booth is a semicircle; the lower section of it, continuing around to the side walls, is covered in glass brick, with clear glass above. The roof of the booth is composed of layers of semicircles that descend to the top of the booth.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Drive-in Theater", [Mason City, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 419-419.

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