Nostalgic Charm – Visit South Dakota’s last 6 drive-in theaters

The remaining drive-in theaters in South Dakota

If you were born in the last century…you know, the nineteen hundreds (ugh)…you may have spent a summer evening in the car watching movies. I don’t mean on your phone, I mean at the drive-in movie theater!

If you were in Sioux Falls in the 1970s and 1980s, you might remember it Jaws And Indiana Jones at The East Park or the Starlite Drive-In. Both drive-ins opened just after the Second World War.

The East Park did not survive the 1970s and was closed in 1978. The Starlite survived long enough to see the birth of home video, closing in 1985.

Drive-in movies have seen a resurgence during the pandemic. They were a way to get out and do something social without getting out of your car.

If you tried one at the time, or you remember the joy of a warm summer evening watching movies on that giant screen, there are still places in South Dakota and around Sioux Falls where you can do it.

Gallery credit: Ben Kuhns

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ben Kuhns is just a guy on the internet. He’s a wannabe writer and his wife thinks he’s funny. He writes for Results-Townsquare Media in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

35 films that take place in South Dakota

When it comes to South Dakota and Hollywood, we’ve seen quite a few movies that have used our state as the setting for a number of productions over the years. They may not have always filmed here, but movie people love to tell stories here.
According to IMDb, it all started with Courtin’ feral catsa 1929 film that, like many of the 29 films on this list, is a Western set in the time before South Dakota became a state in 1889.

Gallery credits: Jeff Harkness/

Road trip-worthy restaurants within 90 minutes of Sioux Falls

Go off the beaten path. Take a road trip and try some favorite small-town eateries. By driving just a few miles you can find some delightful hidden gems.

From steaks to seafood, from chislic to chicken: these are special, unexpected finds that will tingle your taste buds.

Here’s a list of 14 Road Trip-worthy restaurants within 90 minutes of Sioux Falls.

Gallery credit: Karla Brown

Back To Top