54 Drive-In

7801 E. Kellogg Avenue,
Wichita, KS 67207

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54 Drive-In

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O.F. Sullivan opened the 54 Drive-In on September 4, 1947. He also owned and operated a number of additional theaters in Wichita, Kansas and Oklahoma City.

The 54 Drive-In was permanently closed down in the 1970’s and demolished in January 1973.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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DonLewis
DonLewis on May 24, 2009 at 6:38 am

A view from 1950 of the 54 Drive-In Theatre in Wichita Kansas.

seymourcox
seymourcox on May 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm

This site has a sharp night veiw of the 54 Drive-In,
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm

IT PARKED 650 CARS .

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 23, 2010 at 5:52 am

1952 Night shot of the marquee. May be the same shot no longer valid on May 24, 2009 post above.

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rwconsp
rwconsp on February 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I lived behind it as a kid on Gilbert Street. Used to watch movies from my bedroom window, and went there more than a few times with my family. It was closed and torn down sometime in the early 1970s to make room for the East Side National Bank building and the Hilton hotel.

keysenior
keysenior on October 5, 2011 at 5:51 am

My future wife and I went to the 54 Drive In many times in high school and college. The only problem was that the B-52 bombers from McConnel AFB coming back from missions flew over the theater and drowned out the sound for as long as 30 minutes at a time.

kwilkin1962
kwilkin1962 on September 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

The 54 Drive-In opened on September 4, 1947. It’s first showing was “The Yearling” starring Gregory Peck.

Lyndon
Lyndon on November 26, 2013 at 4:09 am

For more memories of the 54 Drive In, see: “I Used to Drag Douglas”

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

The above address is incorrect. This drive-in was located further east at 7801 E Kellogg Drive Wichita KS 67207. It is now Holiday Inn across Hwy 54 from the mall.

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