South Drive-In

1019 W. McArtor Road,
Dodge City, KS 67801

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South Drive-In

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The South Drive-In was built in 1947. This single screen drive-in has a capacity for 300 cars.

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drivein2001
drivein2001 on February 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Here’s a photo I took back in Nov of 2007..
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There is a few more of the drive in theatre in my photo collection..
RAC Photography

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

The South Drive-In is owned by Ron & Pam Cooper.

kpdennis
kpdennis on August 26, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Nice to see working drive-in! New photos in the pictures section.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on April 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

There was a great article in The Legend about the South. It told how Glen Cooper built the South in 1947 and the Boot Hill Drive-In about a decade later. Glen also owned drive-ins in Garden City and Hays. When son Ron left military service, he moved to Hays to run that drive-in, and when Glen passed away, he and his family moved to Dodge City. At the time of the article, 2011, he was worried about digital conversion. “We’d need a rich philanthropist who’s in love with drive-ins, or some kind of grant to do that,” he said.

Now look at the United Wireless Communications web site. It says, “In 2012, our region was in danger of losing a real treasure in the South Drive-In Theatre, which just happens to be our neighbor on McArtor Road. … So we bought it from the previous owners, made some upgrades for showing films in digital format, and have been having a ball giving our friends and neighbors a great place to have fun on warm evenings.”

Thanks for your photos, Chris1982, but I’m guessing that if the Coopers are still involved, they’re probably just managing the South.

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