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The Cow Town Drive-In opened June 1, 1952, featuring “The Nevadan” from 1950 with Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone and George F. Slavin. The second feature was “The Big Wheel” from 1949 with Mickey Rooney, Thomas Mitchell and Mary Hatcher. The drive-in was a partnership of Beverley Miller, Mary Belle Miller and Joseph W. Stark from Wichita, KS. In March of 1968, Mid-America Theatres Inc. located in St. Louis, MO. purchased the Cow Town Drive-In. At that time Mid-America owned and operated 20 theatres in MO & IL. On October 15, 1972, the Cow Town Drive-In closed for the season. In the early morning of October 20, 1972, a fire of unknown origin started in the concession stand and it did considerable damage.
On May 19, 1973, the Cow Town Drive-In reopened with a new name, Parkview Drive-In. New projection equipment was installed and the concession stand was rebuilt. It featured all new soft drink equipment, sandwich warmers, popcorn popper and fry stations.
On June 7, 1977, the ‘R’ rated movie “Smartie Pants” along with a second feature of “The Young Seducers” was screened at the Parkview Drive-In. On July 15, 1977, Clifford Brigman who was the chief projectionist for the drive-in at that time was charged with showing obscene movies. He pleaded not guilty to the charge. The action stemmed from a complaint by Harlan Springs, that the drive-in was showing obscene movies that could be seen by neighborhood children. Harlan Springs had picketed the drive-in with his two sons in June. Mr Brigman was found guilty by a jury and fined $250 plus $50 in court costs. He immediately filed an appeal and in August 1977 the obscenity case was dismissed. The court dismissed the case because the city did not have sufficient evidence to support the obscenity allegation. The city did not have a copy of the movie as evidence. All costs were refunded back to Brigman.
The Parkview Drive-In closed for good on August 7, 1979. It is now a salvage yard.
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