Archives Photograph Collection

preview image
title:

Sundown / Cinema West Drive-in theatre

image number:

P0041311

description:

This image is a detail from a 1952 aerial image of Elletsville, Indiana available from the Indiana Geological Survey. The image number is AIP-2V-052.

The image shows where the old Sundown (later Cinema West) Drive-In theatre was on the east side of Elletsville. The drive-in can be seen at the center of this image. State Road 46 runs from the lower right side of this image (coming from Bloomington) to Ellettsville at the upper left corner. State Road 46 runs right next to the top edge of the drive-in. The line running along the drive-in's lower edge, and intersecting with State Road 46, is the old Monon railway. Today (2013) the drive-in is the site of the Richland-Bean Blossom Healthcare Center at 5911 West State Road 46, the Elletsville Dental Center at 5915 West State Road 46, and Edward Jones Investments at 5933 West State Road 46.

While in operation as "Cinema West" the drive-in showed pornographic films. Locally during this time the drive-in was known as "Smut West".

date taken:

1958 July 27

donor image number:

AIP-2V-052

copyright owner:

Indiana University

use restrictions:

Any and all requests for the use of this image (number AIP-2V-052) should be made to The Indiana Geological Survey at Indiana University: http://igs.indiana.edu/

corporate name:

Sundown Drive-In

corporate name:

Cinema West Drive-In

corporate name:

West Cinema

topic:

Aerial views

topic:

Drive-in theaters

topic:

Theaters

city:

Ellettsville

state:

Indiana

other place name:

Temperance Street (East)

other place name:

State Road 46

series:

Buildings & Grounds