Grove Drive-In

4686 N. Thompson Street,
Springdale, AR 72764

390 cars

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Grove Drive-In

The 71 Drive-In was opened on August 18, 1949, located in Springdale, near Fayetteville. It was operated by Commonwealth Amusement. On June 7, 1963 it was renamed Grove Drive-In, it was still operating in the early-1980’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 11, 2009 at 8:03 pm

North of town, looks like the screen is even still standing.


jwmovies on October 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 4686 North Thompson Street.

Kenmore on June 15, 2013 at 1:10 am

…screen is still standing.

Kenmore on June 6, 2016 at 11:25 pm

The screen is no longer standing.

Nissan4x4 on July 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm

My Grandmothers family owned the land it stood on when it was opened in 1955 all the way till it’s closing in the1980’s they leased the land to commonwealth amusement.

MichaelKilgore on April 28, 2020 at 4:49 pm

Northwest Arkansas Times, Feb. 25, 1949: “Construction of a new $100,000 drive-in theater to be built three miles north of Springdale is expected to begin in the near future. The theater will be located on property obtained by lease from John Tyson by a corporation headed by Bob Fellers of Neosho, Mo. … The theatre will be a 10-ramp affair to accommodate 535 cars.”

That was that John Tyson, the chicken farmer who later founded Tyson Foods.

MichaelKilgore on April 28, 2020 at 5:46 pm

The Grove held its Grand Opening on June 7, 1963 and ran a rare ad in Fayetteville’s Northwest Arkansas Times to mark the occasion.

Fri, Jun 7, 1963 – Page 2 · Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville, Arkansas) ·

davidcoppock on April 28, 2020 at 6:23 pm

The Grove Drive-in opened with “No time for Sergeants” and “2nd time around”.

kennerado on July 4, 2020 at 6:33 am

The 71 originally opened on August 18, 1949 but I’m not sure what the opening films were.

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