Abandoned Pineview Drive-In Theater

Abandoned Pineview Drive-In Theater

Since the advent of home video and the multiplex, the drive-in theater has been on the decline. Now, the transition to digital projection is threatening to end the drive-in for good, as more of the few remaining theaters are closing every year. This is the former Pineview Drive-In in Long Pine, Nebraska, where many magical memories were made. This site is just off Highway 20/7, on the county line between Rock and Brown Counties.

Pineview Drive-In Theater

We arrived to find the owner has thoroughly fenced the entire site and posted the property, so we respected the owner’s wishes and took our photos from outside the fence.

Pineview Drive-In Theater

Pineview opened in 1954 as an independently operated drive-in theater.

Pineview Drive-In Theater



Pineview Drive-In Theater

On busy nights, cashiers worked both sides of the booth.  Before the carload pricing model, your friends had to hide in the trunk until you were past this booth, lest you have to pay for every individual in the car.

Pineview Drive-In Theater

Pineview Drive-In Theater

Pineview Drive-In Theater

Pineview Drive-In Theater

The playground was always a great place to meet other kids who went to different schools. Plenty of school days romances began here under the pink and orange hues of the Nebraska sky at dusk.

Pineview Drive-In Theater

There are others who have photographed this place at various points in the recent past.  You can see those galleries here and here.

Pineview Drive-In Theater

I’ve seen a few drive-ins in my day, but I’ve never seen one that was constructed entirely from a timber framework like this.

Pineview Drive-In Theater

We photographed the remains of another drive-in, Stardust 17 in North Dakota a few years ago.

Pineview Drive-In Theater

The gravel road on the left (above) marks the county line between Rock and Brown Counties.

Below: This is where the railroad behind the drive-in used to be.  It’s now a recreation route called the old Cowboy Trail.

Pineview Drive-In Theater

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2017 Sonic Tremor Media
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10 thoughts on “Abandoned Pineview Drive-In Theater

  1. What did they say? What did you say? There was a back exit from Pineview, though an unofficial one, that I used many times to sneak out the south side, right by the railroad tracks.

  2. We always went by there when I was a kid and traveled highway 20 to go to Springview. It was just down the road from where we used to live. I remember movies that was being played on the screen when we were driving past on either a friday night or sat night. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Good memory of my first date with my future spouse. The film was bad and forgettable…but he was not! Sadly, the couple we double-dated with are both gone too. Thanks for the memories.

  4. this was a really big deal back in the 60″s when I was in high school……..always looked forward to friday nites to go to the drive-in theater…….great memories. and great pictures.

  5. I do so remember this! Teri soles was my friend and her and her parents would pick me up and I help them. Where did the Good Old Days Go? Thanks for the sad pictures!

  6. My first memories were when Rolly Connell (I don’t know how he spelled it) owned it and the entrance was behind the movie screen. I went with my folks when I was little, all thru school and took my kids when they were little. Made friends when I was young that were rekindled iat Rock County High. Being from Long Pine I emember a few times walking the back way to and or from the movie. What wonderful memories. (most of them)

  7. It was a great place to go when you had little ones, too. Pop up some popcorn, put the little ones in their PJ’s and you were all set. You probably couldn’t do that now because of all the bad language and content of the movies. My sister, Donna, was a good friend of Janet Connell, and the two of them would work in the concession stand during intermission. Was a great time!

  8. I remember how teenagers raced back to town when leaving at movie’s end. If the driver was in too big a hurry to return the volume control box and drove off with it still hanging on the window, the box would have to be replaced with a new one. No teenager was going to return a box he absconded with because he was racing his friends.

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