Shepherd of the Hills Drive-In

2449 E. State Highway 76,
Branson, MO 65616

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Shepherd of the Hills Drive-In

The Shepherd of the Hills Drive-In was opened in Summer of 1950, when it was operated by Mrs Cuba Plympton. By 1955 it was operated by Glen Dickinson of Mission, KS.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 11, 2006 at 6:41 pm

If Branson is anywhere close to Route 66, I will take a look when I go there this summer. I am traversing the Old Road from Santa Monica to Chicago. There should be plenty of theaters, open and closed, along the way.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 3, 2007 at 4:09 pm

I think this was a mistake on my part. This entry should be deleted.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 5, 2016 at 2:40 am

The address for this Drive-in is now 2449 E State Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616.

This is now White River Valley Electric Company. The large building north of the main building is where the theater stood.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

The Dickinson theater chain listed the Shepherd of the Hills Drive-In in its holdings in the Motion Picture Almanac section for Theatre Circuits in the 1955-57 editions, although the drive-in itself never appeared in any of the MPA drive-in lists.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 14, 2019 at 7:36 am

Odd name!! Was there a shephard in the nearby hills?

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on May 14, 2019 at 9:25 am

There was a community founded in the early 1900s in this area by a preacher who was looking for a better way of life. Today it is a theme park of sorts in Branson called the Shepherd of the Hills with rustic buildings and a dramatic live performance given outdoors every night.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 14, 2019 at 10:39 am

Google and Wikipedia are friends to all of us with questions.

The Shepherd of the Hills was a 1907 novel written by Harold Bell Wright based on his summers in the Ozark Mountains. It was quite popular at the time, and through the years the story was repeatedly adapted to film, including a 1941 movie starring John Wayne.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 9, 2019 at 9:50 am

Unless there was another tiny Branson drive-in that we haven’t discovered, the Shepherd of the Hills opened in the summer of 1950. In its list of theater openings, the July 22, 1950 issue of BoxOffice included “Branson, Mo. – 150-car drive-in opened by Kenneth Tippet and J. W. Shinn.”

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