HomeDrive-In TheatersNiles 31 Outdoor Theatre - Niles, MI

Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - Niles MI

Address: 2141 S. 11th St
City: Niles
State: MI
Zip: 49120
County: Berrien
Open: 1948 (8-19-48)
Closed: 1985
Capacity:
Owner History: N/A
Number of visits to this page: 14925
General Information:

The Niles Outdoor opened in August of 1948. It has gone through several names, Niles 31 Outdoor, 31 Outdoor and finally Niles Drive-In.

The car capacity was 1,000 and it was designed by Chicago architectural firm Rapp & Rapp (according to a report in the 1948-1949 edition of Theatre Catalog) by their architect at the time Robert K. Bauerle. It was originally single screen, later converted to two. It has gone through many owners according to the site. Indiana Illinois Theatres Inc., Niles Outdoor Theatre, Inc. 31 Outdoor Theatre Inc., and Kohlberg Theatres. Closing was possibly in 1985 according to the site. As of November 2008 the site was used for warehouse and self storage.

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Info Updates:
8/1/2012 - Robert Mortenson
My dad, Ben Mortenson, ran the 31 from 1958 to 1964 when it burned down. I have vague memories of getting free popcorn and watching Beach Blanket Bingo.
7/19/2008 - Mark Slater
Last owners name was Kohlberg Family in Chicago which is still active in Outdoor business. Projectionist for several years was Electus M. Slater in mid 60's through early 80's.
12/24/2006 - Scott Spencer
It's a shame this is gone. Maybe someone has some photos of Kelley's Miniature Golf, which was just north of the theatre. Also, Bud Eagley's Dog and Suds was right across the street.
 Photos:17
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - FROM HARRY SKDRLA
FROM HARRY SKDRLA
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - NILES AT NIGHT - PHOTO FROM RG
NILES AT NIGHT - PHOTO FROM RG
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - LANES WITH ATTENDANTS - PHOTO FROM RG
LANES WITH ATTENDANTS - PHOTO FROM RG
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - THE NILES DI NOW
THE NILES DI NOW
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - OLD ARTICLE FROM RON GROSS
OLD ARTICLE FROM RON GROSS
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - OLE AD FROM RON GROSS
OLE AD FROM RON GROSS
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
OLD AD FROM RON GROSS
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - 12 JUL 1965 ARTICLE ON FIRE
12 JUL 1965 ARTICLE ON FIRE
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - 15 AUG 1949 1 YEAR OLD
15 AUG 1949 1 YEAR OLD
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - 17 AUG 1981 NIGHT DEPOSIT FOR THEATER STOLEN
17 AUG 1981 NIGHT DEPOSIT FOR THEATER STOLEN
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - 1955 AERIAL
1955 AERIAL
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - 25 AUG 1952 AUTO ACCIDENT
25 AUG 1952 AUTO ACCIDENT
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - 26 SEP 1979 ROBBED
26 SEP 1979 ROBBED
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre - OLD ARTICLE FROM RON GROSS
OLD ARTICLE FROM RON GROSS
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