Camdenton's Drive-In

119 Service Road,
Camdenton, MO 65020

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Camdenton's Drive-In

Camdenton’s Drive-In Theatre opened on April 7, 1950. The opening feature was a double feature of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” and “Son of a Bad Man”. The next feature, appropriately enough for a theatre in the Ozark Mountains, was “Square Dance Jubilee”. This was the second drive-in to open in the area following Grand Glaize Drive-In in nearby Osage Beach the previous summer.

There was no news coverage of the opening in the weekly Camdenton Reville, as there had been at the opening of the Grand Glaize the previous year, maybe because of the modest ads they ran compared to the Grand Glaize. Though I think it was commonly referred to as the Camdenton Drive-In Theatre, at least during their first year, the name on their advertisements was clearly Camdenton’s Drive-In Theatre.

The drive-in was located on Highway 5 South in Camdenton. I’m not sure when it closed, but has been gone for a long time. The site of the drive in is now occupied by the Camdenton Vocational and Technical School, and all traces of the drive in are gone.

Contributed by Bob Brown

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bbrown1 on July 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm

This drive-in was purchased by John White, who previously owned the Lake Theater, and he began operation on April 30, 1957. I am no sure whether or not it had been closed for a period of time, but a newspaper article indicates that he made significant improvements at the theater. Under his ownership, the theater was known as Camdenton Drive-In Theatre, as opposed to Camdenton’s Drive-In Theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

this rather small Drive-in parked 150 cars in 1956 and was owned by E.E.Hopkins.

TLSLOEWS on April 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Thanks again Mike, I need one of those books you have.

jwmovies on September 14, 2012 at 12:57 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 119 Service Rd.

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