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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 78 (44)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 78
Page 78


1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 78

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CAPITOL DRIVE-IN Des Moines, Iowa

Located one-half mile north of Des Moines, this is one of the nations newest and finest outdoor theatres.

Said to be the largest drive-in in the state, the Capitol currently has 720 speaker locations with plans on the way to adding 300 more. The screen tower is a large 62 and half feet by 45 and half feet. All buildings, including the concession, operator-ls booth, boxoffice, front sign, and storage building, are of brick and glaSS-brick construction, giving the ozoner a modern and clean-cut appearance. The patio and walk-ways around the patio, 50 by 75 feet, is located directly in front of the concession stand and is equipped with tables and deck chair for use by early arrivals.

A safety feature of this drive-in is that the boxofi'lce is located 500 feet from the highway, allowing a large backlog of cars with no hazard to the highway. For emergency cases, where large overflow crowds might be on hand, a rear exit has been provided to avoid any possible traffic hazard.

The promotion minded operators of the theatre created a clown-like character known as Cappy, to act as a symbol in all advertisements. The smiling face of the clown appears in neon on the tower.
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 78