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Date Event Type Event Description
May 24, 1949 sale MEEI to DCOTI Deed
Minnesota Entertainment Enterprises, Inc. issues a Quit-Claim Deed to Dakota County Outdoor Theatres, Inc. The deed was not filedrecorded in Hastings until 14 November 1951. Book 238 Page 465. DCOTI is a spin-off corporation of MEEI.
May 26, 1949 first 1st use of Ashcraft lamp in USA
Corral Theatre has the first installation in the USA of the Ashcraft lamp, most powerful lighting in any Drive-In Theatre, and the newest of projection equipment. We show the brightest pictures in the country today despite the 225 feet the image travels from booth to screen.
May 26, 1949 opening Grand Opening
Corral personnel consists of Manager, Assistant Manager, two Projectionists, Deputy Day Man, Girl Cashier, six Ticket Girls, Head Ushers and 11 Ushers. Western Cowboy regalia will be worn by the girls and the ushers.
Dec 22, 1949 sale Alcorn to MEEI Deed
A Warranty Deed between Truman Alcorn and Minnesota Entertainment Enterprises, Inc. is signed for the land described as the north 800 of the NE4 of the SW4 of Section 29 T28 R22. This is 24 Acres minus roadway easements. Deed Book 236 Page 462 in Hastings. Presumably, there was a prior unrecorded Contract for Deed instrument.
Jun, 1983 other 4510 S. Robert Trail, IGH, MN
Phone book now lists address this way instead of simply corner of S. Robert St. and Mendota Rd. The Corral was in the SE corner of this intersection with entrance and exits on Mendota Road.
Apr 30, 1984 improvement Radio Sound is advertised
Saint Paul Pioneer Press advertisement indicates that Radio Sound is available.
Sep 3, 1984 closing Final Shows were Gremlins and Twilight Zone
Double Feature was Gremlins and Twilight Zone.
1948 - 1978 alias Operated as Corral Drive-In Theater
1949 - 1949 owner Minnesota Entertainment Enterprises, Inc.
1949 - 1972 owner Dakota County Outdoor Theatres, Inc.
1949 - 1972 operator Dakota County Outdoor Theatres, Inc.
1966 - 1966 manager Donald P. Fritz
1967 - 1967 manager Phillip L. Erdes
1968 - 1972 manager Donald P. Fritz
1972 - 1973 operator Venture Theatres, Inc.
1972 - 1973 owner Venture Theatres, Inc.
1973 - 1973 manager Ron Wencel
1973 - 1979 owner Fine Associates, Inc.
1973 - 1979 operator Fine Associates, Inc.
1974 - 1976 manager Thomas W. Lybeck

1947 edit

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1948 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
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1949 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1950 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
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1951 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1952 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1953 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1954 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1955 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1956 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1957 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1958 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1959 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1960 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1961 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1962 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1963 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1964 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1965 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1966 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1967 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1968 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
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1969 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1970 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1971 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1972 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1973 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1974 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1975 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1976 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1977 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
unknown
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
season:
pricing:
sound:
owner:
operator:
notes:

1978 edit

name:
Corral Drive-In
status_op:
closed
screen_count:
1
car_capacity:
500
status_fc:
torn down
status_fc_det
torn down in the late 1970s
owner:
notes:

1979 edit

This year is not recorded in the database yet. Add 1979