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Plantation Drive-In Theatre

6214 Grand Ave
Des Moines IA 50311

Demolished 1987 Outdoor Theatre
Record #10956  
 Opened: July 2, 1965
 Closed: 1986
 Demolished: 1987
Capacity: 950 cars
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Fridley Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Ed Cook.

As of June 2009, the marquee at the Grand Avenue entrance (or at least the bottom portion of the marquee) was still standing -- with Sands Volleyball Club signage. The box office is still standing as well, although the glass has been replaced or covered over with plywood. The screen and its supporting steel structure are no longer there. The owner of the Sands says that the footings for the screen were too big to be dug up and are buried under about 8 feet of soil. Another man who works there said the steel was hauled away and used to build a bridge. The Plantation's last season was 1986 and the following spring (1987) it was bought by the owners of the Sands and closed before the Drive-In season began.

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June 2009 photos from the Ed Cook collection.

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1986 photos from the Ed Cook collection.

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Last featured 11/26/2003. Last edited 9/5/2010.

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