The Honeywell Foundation and INGUARD are thrilled to announce that yet again for the 2015 season at the 13-24 Drive In, kids 12 and under are free all summer long. Although the exact date has yet to be determined, the 13-24 Drive In gates will open sometime during the month of May. Just as it was said in 1951, “come as you are” to enjoy the 2015 season!
In addition to the announcement of free admission for kids, the 13-24 Drive In will shortly release information on a few exciting new additions to the 2015 season. Be sure to check the 13-24 Drive for the official opening date and for more details at www.1324drivein.com or call (260) 563-5745.
The original opening day for the 13-24 Drive In took place on Thursday, Aug. 23, 1951. Admission at that time was 50 cents for adults and free for kids 12 and under. The first movie shown at the drive-in was “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” in Technicolor.
Interestingly, prior to the drive-in’s opening, a contest was held to see who could come up with a name for the newly established movie venue. Judges announced that the name “13-24 Drive In” had been chosen for the new theater on SR 13 a short distance north of the intersection with US 24. The winning Wabash contestant, Don Alger was chosen from 235 entries for naming the theater. The newly selected name “13-24 Drive In” would incorporate the outline of the 13 and 24 road signs along the two highways to be used in ads for the movies – and still are today.
The 13-24 Drive In is operated by the Honeywell Foundation.