Hi-M Drive-In

901 W. Republic Road,
Springfield, MO 65807

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Hi-M Drive-In

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The drive-in was located off M Highway near James River Freeway. It was a family drive-in that was owned and operated by Commonwealth Theaters. They showed a lot of Disney films here. It later closed in the 1980’s to make room for a subdivision.

Contributed by Tim Stewart

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dabutcher
dabutcher on April 15, 2006 at 12:39 pm

I worked for Commonwealth Amusement Corporation, who owned all the drive-ins in Springfield,MO, my home town. In fact, I am the last actual manager of the Springfield Drive-In, which was the oldest drive-in Springfield had until we lost the lease in 1977 and it was torn down to make room on the prime real estate spot for an office monstrosity called “Corporate Square”. I also managed the Queen City Twin, which was torn down to build a “Sam’s Club”. I am responding to a small blog I saw about the Hi-M Theatre, which in fact was demolished for a sub-division. They are called “Hi-M Estates”, I believe. If anyone wants more stories about Springfield drive-ins, let me know.

Antiquarius
Antiquarius on February 9, 2010 at 7:25 am

Of all the theatres in town that I went to, this drive in was the one my family most often frequented during drive-in season. It was the closest theatre in town to our home. I can quite vividly remember it, though it has been gone for a quarter century. One entered the complex down a bush-lined drive that ran parallel to Broadway Avenue in Park Crest Subdivision. For a long time, and perhaps even now, bushes from this drive still exist in back yards of the subdivision that is there now. At the end of the long drive were ticket booths, and then the parking was to the left of this. In addition to the standard snack bar/projection booth complex, there was a small playground in front of the screen. People who I knew who lived in Park Crest subdivision, which surrounded the drive in on the north and east sides, remember watching movies from adjacent homes. Besides those bushes, nothing remains.

Antiquarius
Antiquarius on December 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

Glad the street view feature has been added. In the view, you will see the side of a house, with a fenced back yard that has a large bush in it. The bush was once much smaller, and stood in a narrow median between the entrance drive and exit drive. The bush is thus an artifact from the drive-in.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

1970 USGS photo uploaded here.

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