South Twin Drive-In

12175 S. Strang Line Road,
Olathe, KS 66062

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This was once a drive-in that was in northern Olathe that stood just a few hundred yards south of where the AMC Studio 30 is now. The exact location is where the old Rhodes Furniture was. This drive-in was a part of Mid America Cinema which owned various drive-ins and cinemas around the Midwest. The marquee looked almost exactly like the twin in Independence, MO with the exception of having a “South” sign on top of the “Twin” sign and was one of four drive-ins in the Kansas City are that featured this same marquee and was one of five drive-ins in the Kansas City area that had the St. Louis Arch replica. The other drive-ins that had the blue marquee with the St. Louis Arch were:

State Twin Drive-In in Kansas City, KS

North Twin Drive-In in Riverside, MO

Twin Drive-In in Independence, MO

The other one that featured the Arch was I-70 Drive-In in Kansas City, MO.

Another thing that was common between the Mid America Cinema drive-ins were the white with colored brick concession stands, a playground, and screens that measured 60 feet x 120 feet.

Its is believed that this drive-in opened in the early 1960s, closed in the late 1970s, and was demolished in the 1980s.

From how the drive-in appears on the TOPO map, it appeared to have a capacity between 1200-1400 cars.

The address listed for this theatre is the address for the Old Rhodes Furniture and may have not been the address for this theatre. It was provided to give the exact location of this drive-in.

If you have any other facts, corrections, or comments on the drive-in, please leave them below.

Contributed by Chris Knight

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

jpr88
jpr88 on April 2, 2008 at 1:26 pm

It was still opened in 1982,I saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK there.I dont remember what the second feature was but the third was VICTORY with Sylvester Stallone. Also the intermission at these drive ins showed footage of the north twin. Does anyone know if its available on DVD. These were well maintaned theatres that featured first run entertainment in a family atmosphere. I have many fond memories especially of the state twin and I miss them all.

cpurv69
cpurv69 on January 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I believe the South I & II drive in opened in June 1970. I can’t find any ads in the newspaper for it prior to then. Saw a lot of movies there, the last being Dressed To Kill in ‘79 or '80. Many good times had there.

jpr88
jpr88 on October 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

It did open in 70 and closed in 85.

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