Broadway Drive-In

1729 West Broadway,
Columbia, MO 65201

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jwmovies on September 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1720 West Ash Street.

Samuel56 on September 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I recently updated the street level view to where the theater actually was located (the previous location was about 10 blocks off!). In the center of this view, you will see a drive-in bank. Off in the distance behind this bank, you will see the side of a light tan colored building that is slightly to the left of the bank in the image. That is Gerbes Supermarket and that is where what was left of the theater (the parking spaces and speakers on poles-the screen and buildings had been torn down earlier in the decade) was located when I moved to Columbia in 1979. On a related note, slightly to the left in the image and about 200' closer to us, you will see the white border of the strip mall building located in the foreground of this picture, jutting out at a right angle to the rest of the building. That is the side of the Cinema Theater, documented elsewhere on this website. Yes it’s true! Columbia had a drive-in and an indoor cinema located within 200 feet of one another! Talk about competition! Nevertheless, an interesting tidbit.

paudnl on October 19, 2009 at 4:11 am

The corner of Clinkscales Road and West Broadway has houses located there and these were part of the neighborhood that had full view of the drive-in’s screen. During the time the Broadway drive-in was in operation, the easiest access to it was from West Broadway. There is a small road that borders the east side of the Broadway Shopping Center’s parking lot, and it leads to Ash Street, which, in turn, leads to Clinkscales several yards away to the east. But to get to the drive-in’s entrance from this route involved making a sharp u-turn in the shopping center parking lot, as well as maneuvering to get into line. The vast majority of drive-in patrons used the entrance on West Broadway.

kencmcintyre on October 7, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Cinematour shows an address of 1729 W. Broadway.