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I think you ment Parkview not Parkwood the urrent address is 1206 Alabama it became this in 1990. Before 1990 it was 1526 parkview at least from 1952-1989
Update on finding the add for the very last movie shown at the Parkview Drive-IN. I have finished checking the St Joseph Mo Newspress papers for 1980,81,82 which at the time was the evening newspaper did not find anything. I now believe it was posted in the St Joseph Mo Gazette which was at the time the morning newspaper at the time which only ran Monday-Friday. When I talked with Clifford Brighmans Widow she does not remember this so I’M thinking the person MUST of been the Assistant Manager of the Drive-In of who she don’t remember the person’s name. I do remember there was 2 different adds one that was about a week before and then the day of the event and the last movie was The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and the Wet Teeshirt contest. So Im still looking.
I now have more proof that the correct address was in deed 1526 Parkview I have uploaded 10 pictures of City Directory located at Downtown Library in St Joseph Mo. Starting with 1972 City Directory when it was first know as the Cowtown. 1979 City Directory when it was last opened and known as Parkview Drive-In also 1981,82,83,84 when it was called Cycle X Motor Cycle Track. Just don’t ever remember this one. From 1985,86,87,88,89 it was shown as being vacant. I’m sorry to say my camera was needed a recharge and was unable to take the 1990 City Directory but I did look at it. That was the year it was listed as Barnard’s Auto Salvage with a address of 1206 Alabama. I don’t know why it changed to 1206 Alabama in 1990. But during the time period it was a Drive-In 1526 Parkview was the correct address. It did not become 1206 Alabama until 11 years after it closed as a Drive-In
I remember reading a newspaper article around the time it closed but what I remember it saying was the original plan was to keep the Skylark open, because the Belt Drive-In had already been sold and the 1982 season would be it’s last. But due to the fire the original plan changed and the Skylark was up for sale.
I have written documentation from Clifford Brigman widow Fran that he was not the Head or Chief Projectionest that job already belonged to someone else who was already with the Drive-In When he took over as the Head Manager.
Clifford Brigman was also the Head Manager of 2 other Drive-Ins the Skylark Drive-In located in Leavenworth Kansas and another Drive-In LOCATED Jefferson City Mo.
Due to his busy schedule of being Head Manager for 3 Drive-Ins at one time Clifford Brigman hired an assistant to run Parkview. Years Later after the Parkview Drive In Closed he became the Head Manager of a Twin Screen Drive-In located Springfield Illinois.
The Drive-in was not loosing money at the time it closed, i was told it just wasnt making big enough profit.
i was told if you have at+t as your internet provider they cant get even i have at+t i have to go to local library to get on this site.
last i knew someone bought this place at court house auction. was last owned by rudy pinzinoclosed as theater in early 1960s during 70,80,90, it was a bar.
forgot to mention if you have ATT as internet provider you probably wont be able to bring it up.
There is now a picture of this Theater at sjml.net46.net/jo2.jpg
does anyone remember when it was tore down im pretty sure there was picture of it before it was tore down.
chuck do you remember when it closed exactly i remember driving by it wheni was stationed at whiteman afb
does anyone remember the drive in that was on hwy 13 just about ¼ mile south I-70 i remmeber it was still opened in 1986-87
i talked with the owner of the La Maires cajun catfish restraunt was told the drive in closed about July or august 1975 when it was destroyed by a tornado
The address of 1526 Parkview is CORRECT if you click on the photo then newspaper adds you will see it says 1526 Parkview sometime from when it closed barnards auto the address changed to 1206 alabama. When i have sometime i will check with the city directory at the library to find out when.
Sorry correct spelling only L in Palace
First opened as the Pallace Theater on Thursday 21Dec1922
Movie Shown that day-Song of Life. Years later became the Regal.
If you look at the picture dated 23October1926 st Joseph Gazette you can see how the building has changed over the years.
The Rialto Theatre Grand Opening Add in The St Joseph Newspress was Thursday 21October1926 The Add says The Sun Amusement and Realty Takes great plesure In Announcing the opening of New, Beautiful Rialto Theatre (A Purely St Joseph Organizational) The Movie shown was Douglas Fairbanks In The Black Pirate. There were no adds in the paper for several days after the opening i had to go to Monday 25October1926 to find this info.
I did find a picture of the Rialto Theatre. If people want to find it and look at it. Go to the Missouri Theater in Cinema Treasure scroll down to Revest266 to view link click on- then click on Browse all newspapers-click on the Letter S SCROLL DOWN TO St Joseph Gazette go to 1920 then to 1926 then to month October 22,1926 picture is on page7 with a article upper middle of the page.
During the time this was the Cameo Theater it opened as Adult movie Theater and was still showing adult movies untill its last day. Was still showing adult movies when it opened as the Astro.
I forgot to mention when i was there on Monday 28November2011 a nearby train with the horn blaring. This instantly brought bck memories when this would happen when the movies would be playing and drowning out all sounds of the movies. I use to think during the movies the train engineers would do this on purpose. But there is a major railroad crossing about a block a way from where the Drive-In Theater was.
On Monday 28November2011 i went to the Auto Salvage yard called Barnards Auto Salvage this is where the Old Drive-In Theater use to be called Cowtown/Parkview. As it turned out the owner was a old class mate of mine. The only thing still standing from the Drive-In days was the concession stand, bathroom and Projection booth room all in the same building. This building looks like it could fall down at anytime. The next time im in St Joseph i plan on taking some pictures of it.This is still amazing since this was one of the 3 drive-Ins that were here in the 50,60,70s
The address is 1526 Parkview I TRIED from the Rialto picture of getting a shot of this which is about 4 blocks from each other i was only able to get to the entrance the camera wouldnt go down the dirt road about 20 yards from the street.
I forgot to also mention the 70,s in June1976 the Rialto was already a Tavern the owner had a room in the back at NorthWest side where the exit for the Theater use to be on Gordon street. In June1976 the owner rented that part of the building out and my mother and another woman named Judy opened up a Flower shop called Judy’s Flower Barrel it stayed opened for 3 yrs until they moved to another location.The Flower shop is no longer opened. But i remember going down the ramp of the back room to where the Theater part was the screen was still there and the seats. The light was very limited as i couldnt find where the light switch was located the front part of the Theater is where the tavern was located it took up about a 1/3rd of the size of the Theater. The back room was so small you could only get about 8 people in there. I wish i had taken some pictures of it when i went down there. I dont know if the seats and screen are still there.
The Tootle Theater opened on 9December1872 according to article in the 8December1972 St Joseph newspress called Centennial for the Tootle Opera House. This building is still there at 504 Francis called the Pioneer Building. It is currently the oldest Theater Building past or present in St Joseph Mo. The last date for movie Theater was17December1931 during parts of the 1920,s it was closed. Served as a Temporary postoffice in 1939.
The Penn Theater was located at 26+Penn SOUTHEAST CORNER ran from about 1921-1926, 1927 became the Revere Theater currently it is a Senior Apartment called Danford Hall.Info came from the 1920,s St Joseph Mo phone Directory
The Park Theater was located at 10th +Mitchell st info from the 1920,s phone directory
The Olive Theater opened sometime about 1921 then became years later the Plaza Theater on 19th+Olive i am stil, researching as to when it opened and changed the name.
The Rivoli Theater i believe was also called the Uptown Theater there is a picture of it the web site Memory Lane St Joseph Mo
Sorry i did not put the year of the fire was Friday 20October1972. The last regular schedule daily date for the Parkview Drive-In Theater was Tuesday 7August1979 last movie shown was Invasion of the Body Snatchers + Coma. On Wednesday 8August1979 the add in the newspaper said Parkview is now closed for the season this add ran for 2 days. The manager of the Theater did reopen for a one night special anywhere from 1-3years later after this closing of 1979. I have been trying to find the add in the newspaper. The movie that night was Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, i dont remember if there was another movie that night or not but they did have a wet teeshirt contest for the women that night. Yes i was there. The thing i remember the most besides the contest and movie was the manager was the only one working. The concession stand was closed. The car speakers and poles were all removed, the sound came from large stero type speaker boxes just right outside concession stand.
Opened on Friday 30May1952 last movie shown was on Sunday 15October1972 the movies were The Cowboys with John Wayne and Skin Game With James Garner on Friday 20October Firemen responded to a fire in the concession stand at 12.08AM and did not return to there station until 2.43AM. On Saturday 21April1973 It reopened under a new name called the Parkview Drive-In Theater the movies were Big Jake and RIO LOBO with John Wayne PLUS Lee Marvin in Monte Welch the add says ALL NEW SNACK BAR- YOU WILL LOVE IT
On Wednesday 27June1973 THe FOX EAST Hills Theater showed the MidWest Premiere of the movie called Papermoon with Ryan O Neal + Tatum O Neal. This was a big deal in St Joseph Mo this movie was filmed and produced in St Joseph area.