Meadow Lark Drive-In

4445 East Harry Street,
Wichita, KS 67207

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Meadow Lark Drive-In

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Compare the Meadow Lark Drive-In’s marquee to that of Tulsa’s Modernaire Drive-In and you’ll see that they are identical. There must have been a connection in ownership between the two theatres.

The single screen Meadow Lark Drive-In was opened prior to 1951. It held 1,000 cars. It was operated by Mr & Mrs T.H. Slothower and was designed by T.H. Slothower. In 1951, the Slothower’s built the 400-car capacity Meadow Lark Drive-In ‘annex’ adjacent to their original theatre, and it operated as a twin screen, with a capacity for 1,400 cars over the 20 acres of land. There was children’s playground in front of each screen. The concession building had a patio which had seating for 350 deck-chairs.

It was later taken over by Commonwealth Amusement Corp.

Contributed by J. D. Chapman

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

raybradley
raybradley on December 19, 2006 at 2:47 pm

This fun web site has vintage images of the Meadowlark,
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seymourcox
seymourcox on May 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Here is an updated link with photos of the Meadowlark Drive-in, and many more Kansas theates,
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 29, 2010 at 11:06 pm

This Drive-in parked 900 cars and was owned by Mrs.T.H. Slothower.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Very nice marquee for a drive-in in the 1951 photo.

JD1940
JD1940 on February 28, 2012 at 6:55 am

By the time I came to Wichita as City Manager for Commonwealth Theatres in 1975, this once high grossing Drive-In was on the downward slide. While still profitable it became obvious the value of the real estate was far higher than its earning potential and it was sold for a retail development. It was a twin Drive-in with two concession stands.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

JD1940 playing here May 15 1974 was on screen one “SLEEPER” and “SLAUGHTER HOUSE 5” and the other screen was “SUPERDAD” and “SON OF FLUBBER'.

kwilkin1962
kwilkin1962 on September 12, 2013 at 12:29 am

The Meadowlark opened only two days before the Pawnee did. It’s first movies were “The Lady Takes a Sailor”, starring Jane Wyman and “Easy Living”.

Lyndon
Lyndon on November 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum has a thread of memories about the Meadow Lark

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