This T-G clipping from 1957 shows the remains of the 41 Drive-In's screen.
So many remember the 41 Drive-In Theater, but probably few remember the 1957-1980s version was actually the second one.
The screen and living quarters underneath burned on a Monday night in May 1957, according to T-G reports of the time. About 10 minutes before "A Man Called Peter" was to begin, a passing motorist saw flames at the top of the 60-foot screen and called the fire department.
There was no hydrant nearby and the only water was in the fire truck that responded; the story said "truck" as in only one unit.
Also destroyed was living quarters under the screen, occupied by State Trooper Clyde Fraser. Must have been interesting living under a movie screen.
The theater had just installed Cinemascope projection.
Today two apartment complexes and a church are on the Madison Street lot where movies were once shown.
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