119 Service Road,
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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.
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