Midway Drive-In was constructed in 1953 and has been showing
movies every summer since then. It was originally owned and
operated by Ernest Schweigerdt and John Kirschenman.
Ernest's daughter, Alyce, and her husband Marvin Oligmueller purchased the drive-in in 1963. In 1968 a strong summer storm came through during the showing of a movie. The wind was so strong that it blew the screen down. The screen was rebuilt right away and movies were shown throughout the rest of the summer.
In 2004, Midway Drive-In came under new ownership and continues to offer movie-goers in central South Dakota great movies and that nostalgic "drive-in" experience. The current owners are Sally and Duane Resel, Steve and Lori Resel, Stephanie and Jim Bonebright, Sarah Resel, and Mike and Nan Donlin.
Midway Drive-In is one of only six remaining drive-in theatres in South Dakota. Whether it's your first trip
to a drive-in or you're returning to rekindle that unique drive-in feeling, Midway Drive-In is the place to
See the Stars from your Cars.
Below are some photocopies from the Miller Press newspaper that
highlight the original opening of the Midway-Drive In. Click on
each picture for a larger version. Enjoy!