At the intersection of state road 13 and state road 24 in Wabash, Indiana, you will find the 13 -24 Drive In. Already a historic city by becoming the first electrically lit city in the world in 1880, Wabash is an interesting place. Wabash is the home of Crystal Gayle and is also the home of the historic Eagle Theater, which was built in 1906 and began showing “talkies” in 1929 and is owned by Mike Rembusch, whose father began building the 13-24 drive in theater in 1949.
Truman Rembusch’s inspiration for the construction came from a similar design of another of his drive in theaters over in Evansville, Indiana. The 13 – 24 was built just in time to see the boom and golden years when patrons could only choose from 155 drive in theaters across the nation to 1948 when the number boomed to 820 and finally peaked at 5,000 total theaters across the U.S.! Once the 80s and 90s rolled around, corporate multiplexes had almost completely replaced drive in movie theaters! However, the 13-24 holds pretty much the same number of sister drive-ins as it did when it opened in 1950. So, not only did it survive the fall- out of the 80s, the 13-24 Drive In continues to be a vital part of Wabash and its surrounding communities.
Recently, the Honeywell Foundation took ownership of the 13-24 Drive In as a historical venue and have restored and renovated it back to its former glory. Admission for your double feature is only $7 for adults and $4 children 12 and under. Open seasonally from April through October. They even have a jingle, you can watch if you click right here!
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