Honeywell Foundation employee, Terry Pence, repairs 13-24 Drive-In’s enormous movie screen.
Truman Rembusch began construction of 13-24 Drive-In in 1949 and based the construction and layout of the drive-in on a similar design of another one of his drive-ins in Evansville Indiana. What makes 13-24 Drive-In unique, however, is not its date of birth as it directly parallels the rise of drive-ins in America. In 1946, moviegoers only could choose from 155 drive-in theaters across the United States. By 1948, that number had boomed to 820, and in 1958 it peaked at an astonishing 5,000 total theaters across the United States. However, by the 1990s, the corporate multiplex had almost entirely replaced the drive-in as the moviegoer’s destination. Ironically, 13-24 Drive-In possesses relatively the same number of sister drive-ins as it did when it opened in 1950. What makes 13-24 Drive-In unique, then, is not only that it bravely survived the fallout of the 1980s, but also that it has continued to remain an essential part of the community in Wabash and the surrounding areas.
The Honeywell Foundation assumed operations of the historical13-24 Drive-In Movie Theater in May 2011. The Drive-In had been purchased by longtime Honeywell supporters Michael and Angie Beauchamp and Parker and Katie Beauchamp. The two families purchased the property with the intent of the Honeywell Foundation operating the facility and receiving all proceeds.
Operation of the Drive-In provides the Foundation with another means of providing social and recreational opportunities, as stated in its Mission.