Terrace Drive-In

2701 N. Hillside Street,
Wichita, KS 37202

550 cars

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Terrace Drive-In

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seymourcox on May 25, 2009 at 5:54 am

Here is a nice site that outlines the history (along with many photographs) of hundreds of historic Kansas theatres,
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 20, 2010 at 8:27 am

Well, Cactus Jack here is some facts on this Wichita Drive-in. It parked 550 cars and was owned by Sproule-Jones. This in 1956.

wmu81 on April 22, 2011 at 5:22 am

This Drive-In was located at the NW corner of N Hillside and E 27th St at 2701 N Hillside St.

JoelWeide on April 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

This theatre was eventually owned by the Commonwealth circuit. It catered to a really ‘rough’ crowd and Commonwealth had trouble finding people to work at this theatre.

JD1940 on February 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm

This Drive-In was operational when I came to Wichita as City Manager for Commonwealth in 1975. I was told it was built during war time and had no metal in its frame. I do know I could stand in the concession stand and look through the walls in spots. It only operated during the summer and was not that well attended. It had a boxoffice completely separate from the rest of the theatre which was easy to rob, and frequently was! It was closed and sold to an investor who intended to make it into a trailer park but subsequently ran into zoning problems and I don’t believe the park was ever built.

kwilkin1962 on September 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

The Terrace opened on June 6, 1952. It’s first showings were “Frontier Gal”, starring Yvonne DeCarlo, and “Canyon Passage”.

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