Enjoy Outdoor Movies at Kansas' Drive-In Movie Theaters

Outdoor Movies in Kansas' Drive-In Movie TheatersAside from furnishing its share of Hollywood stars, Kansas was also noted for furnishing Hollywood under the stars... having been one of the most enthusiastic states for outdoor movies back during the boom years for American Drive-ins, when as many as 125 outdoor cinemas had flourished within the Sunflower State. Since the peak years, 92% of the Drive-in theatres in Kansas have gone dark or have been demolished... and presently, only 8 now remain showing outdoor movies for us to enjoy and support: Dodge City (Ford County), Kansas South Drive-in: 620-225-4301 located at 1019 West McArtor Road First lit back in 1947, this is the state's oldest operating outdoor cinema... an old fashioned solo screen Drive-in movie theater, with a capacity for up to 300 cars; open seasonally, April thru October. Showing double feature outdoor movies on one of the largest screens. Movie audio provided with AM & FM radio (and with pole speakers still functioning); open on weekends only (Friday-Saturday-Sunday). Admission: $10 per carload covers all passengers. Photo Credit (All Photos): driveinmovie.com. El Dorado (Butler County), Kansas Star Vu Drive-in: 316-321-2444 located on the east side of Route E1 (RR1) The second-oldest Drive-in which has remained operating in Kansas is this solo screen, which was first lit back in 1949, for up to 300 cars. Their screen is usually lit with double feature outdoor films and audio is provided by (96.7 FM) radio broadcast. Admission: $6 for ages 12&up; $1 ages 6-11 5 and & under free. NOTE: For several weeks there's been a view of the stars right-thru the screen... after damage caused by a tornado on June 10th. Things have been patched-up, and as of August 12th, the outdoor cinema is open again on weekends only; Fridays and Saturdays. Gas (Allen County), Kansas 54 Drive-in: 620-365-7676 located on Highway 54, 1 mile east of town Solo screen Drive-in theater which has been lit since the late 50's heyday of America's Drive-ins, which has a capacity for up to 300 cars. Kanopolis (Ellsworth County), Kansas Kanapolis Drive-in: 785-472-4786 located at 804 North Kansas Avenue Solo screen, which was first lit back during the early years of America's Drive-in boom in 1952, and has remained in continuous operation; with a capacity for up to 750 cars. Screening double features, seasonally, April thru September. Outdoor Movies in Kansas' Drive-InsKansas City (Wyandotte County), Kansas Boulevard Drive-in Theatre: 913-262-0392 located at 1051 Merriam Lane (near I-35) First lit on June 30th, 1950 (under present management since 1984); exceptionally well-maintained Drive-in; featuring the traditional speakers for nostalgia fans & DTS digital sound + FM Dolby stereo (March-Oct). 'SwapShop' flea market here on weekends. The Boulevard Drive-in was the first Kansas outdoor cinema to install DTS audio; Freq: FM (89.7) radio. Admission: $7 person for ages 12 & up. On Friday & Saturday nites they offer a bonus triple screening. Medicine Lodge (Barber County), Kansas Pageant Drive-in: 620-886-5358 / 800-956-6843 located on Highway 160 (1ВЅ miles east of town) This solo screen was first lit back in 1953 - though not in continuous operation all these years. It was restored and revived, with both traditional pole speakers operating, as well as an FM radio broadcast of the movies' soundtrack. Screening a single feature outdoor film, seasonally, May thru September. Osawatomie (Miami County), Kansas Midway Drive-in: 913-755-2325 located at 29591 West 327th Street (Route 5)- mid-way between Osawatomie and Paola, Kansas and, mid-way between I-35 and the Missouri line) The smallest of Kansas' operating Drive-ins, this solo screen outdoor cinema has a capacity for 240 cars. Screening double feature outdoor movies, seasonally, April-Sept; and still using traditional pole speakers. Admission: $5.75 (ages 12&up); $1 for ages 3-11. Outdoor Movies in Kansas' Drive-InsWichita (Sedgewick County), Kansas Starlite Twin Drive-in: 316-524-3267 located at 3900 South Hydraulic St @ MacArthur (3 blks from Hydraulic St. exit (Exit 2) off I-135 Wichita once had as many Drive-in theatres as are currently operating throughout the entire state of Kansas. There is some compensation and solace, by the fact that Wichita's sole remaining outdoor cinema is an exemplary Drive-in experience. It is also the largest of the state's Drive-in theatres, with two screens and a capacity for up to 1300 cars. The Starlite's twins are lit with double features, and on Friday and Saturday nights, a bonus triple feature, for one admission price. Audio is provided with a local FM radio broadcast, as well as traditional pole speakers. Admission: $7 (12&up); ages 7-11 $1; 6 & under free (in spring and fall they feature a carload rate: $10/car). Source: http://www.driveinmovie.com/KS.htm.

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