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Lucky Twin Movie Theatre 1978Mark Davy posed next to a speaker in front of the screen on the west side of the Lucky Twin Drive in. The two screen drive-in is now in its 20th year. (Burnsville Current July 12, 1978). Actual open year 1955.
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Lucky Twin Drive-In TheaterOpen All Winter Electric Heaters Installed 1962. Opening year of theatre 1955.
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Lucky Twin Drive-In TheaterPhoto by Jack Kennelly. The theatre opened in 1955.
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1980 - The Lucky Twin ClosesThe popular outdoor theatre located at Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue closed in 1980.
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Luck Twin Drive-in Theatre 1970s
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Lucky Twin Movie TheatreLate night lighting of the theatre, viewed from Highway 13. Opening year was 1955.
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Car speakersAlthough not "shot" at the Lucky Twin, these are the speakers attached to the car in order to "hear" the movies.
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April 5, 1965 Lucky Twin Movie Theatre adThis ad appeared in the St. Paul Dispatch newspaper for the showing of Beach Party and Fun in Acapulco.
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New drive-in has worlds largest screen 1955Fireworks displays accompanied the opening of the Lucky Twin Drive-in Theatre Saturday evening. The theatre is located on Highway 13 near Lyndale Avenue in Burnsville Township...the drive-in has the world's largest screen 138 x 64.
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Kmart on Highway 13 Lucky Twin Drive-In TheaterAerial photo looking north. In background IDS Tower can be seen. At right edge is NSP Black Dog Plant with high stack in place. To its left is Minnegasco storage dome.
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Opening Ad for the Lucky Twin Drive-inIt's the opening of the Lucky Twin Drive-in movie theatre.

The Lucky Twin Drive-In opened July 2, 1955 as a twin screen theatre. The curved screens were each 128 feet wide. It had a capacity for 2,000 cars and was independently operated. It was closed in 1979.

Contributed by Ken Roe http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/33501

1956-1980
Lucky_Twin_1955.pdf
Lucky Twin to open 1955New $775,000 drive-in movie near completion. May 19, 1955 Minneapolis Tribune.

A drive-in theater estimated to cost $750,000 is rapidly nearing completion on Highway 13 just west of Lyndale Avenue South in Burnsville township. To be called the Lucky Twin, it is scheduled to open for business June 4. The theater occupies a 74 acre site across the MInnesota river in Dakota County.

The drive-in will have two screens, each of which is bigger than any other outdoor unit in the Chicago area and Upper Midwest. The drive-in is one of the first to be built in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in several years. Several attempts have been attempted, but neighborhood opposition prevented their construction.
Lucky_Twin_20th_anniversary.pdf
As with most drive-in theaters, Lucky Twin Caters to young 1978The July 12, 1978 feature story on the Lucky Twin's 20th anniversary. Mark Davy Manager is interviewed. Article is incorrect on opening year, it was 1955.
Lucky_Twin_Closes_1980.pdf
Lucky Twin Drive in to close 1980July 24, 1980 Dakota County Tribune Newspaper article announces closing of the Lucky Twin Drive-in. Opening year 1955.
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The last showing at the Lucky TwinThe Lucky Twin movie screen just before removal in 1980.
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Lucky Twin needs better Traffic ControlJune 6, 1979 Editorial by the Burnsville Current addresses traffic concerns at the Lucky Twin Drive-in location of Nicollet Avenue and Highway 13.
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Opening of the Lucky Twin Drive in. 1955First ad for the Lucky Twin Drive-in.
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Prince of Peace outdoor service at the Lucky Twin Drive inIt was the spring of 1972 when Senior Pastor Merv Thompson had just returned from a Leadership Institute with the conviction that Prince of Peace needed to reach out to the community around us and not simply remain a small church with two acres of land at the corner of Burnsville Parkway and Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville.

He had the idea that worship could be taken “outdoor” and beyond the typical boundaries of the church for the sake of reaching out to those who might never darken the doorway of a church. That first summer a worship service was held at the Lucky Twin Drive-In Theater, which was located at the edge of the Minnesota River Valley in Burnsville.
Lucky_Twin_Sold_1961.pdf
Lucky Twin Sold 1961The Lucky Twin Drive In Theatre on HIghway 13 near interstate 35 W and Highway 13 opened last Wednesday under new ownership for the ninth year. New owner is Kraus-Anderson of MInneapolis... The east screen at the drive-in opened last week and the west screen opened Wednesday of this week....The theatre is now the show place drive-in of the northwest.
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Lucky Twin Drive In.Another view of the Lucky Twin Drive-in sign 1980 as being torn down.
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Lucky Twin Drive In.The end of the Lucky Twin 1980. Photo by Jack Kennelly.
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Lucky Twin Drive-in faces final curtain 1980Minneapolis Star August 14, 1980 reports: The decades-old romantic landmark in Burnsville known far and wide in Dakota County as the place where love blossomed while the big screen lighted up the night will be no more. The Lucky Twin will soon fall victim to the wrecking ball...
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Lucky Twin Movie TheatreWhile this is not actually the Lucky Twin Drive-in, this 1950s photo shows what is an almost identical image of the speakers in the parking lot.
Plans_for_drive-in_1955.pdf
Drive-in theatre plans taking shape 1955The largest drive-in theatre west of Chicago will be erected on Highway 13 half mile east of Lyndale Avenue,
according to plans of the Lucky Drive-in-Corporation. It will have two screens and handle 1500 cars with the
potential of 2000 cars.
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Lucky Twin Drive In.Signage at the Lucky Twin Drive-in near the end of its run 1980.
         
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