Bridge Drive-In

Highway 54 N.,
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Bridge Drive-In

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Opened as the Skylark Drive-In in 1949 with a 395 car capacity, later renamed the Bridge Drive-In. When it opened it was part of the Durwood Theatres chain. Later operated by AMC and finally by Crown Cinemas.

The Bridge Drive-In closed in 1982 and has since been demolished.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Chuck1231.Great ads you do not see anymore.

jwmovies on September 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

This drive-in was next to the airport and probably closed due to expansion of Hwy 54. Approx. location at Airport and Hibernia. The northbound ramp of the freeway from airport takes up about ½ of where the theatre was.

rivest266 on August 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm

1965 aerial uploaded here.

NightFury on September 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Fun Fact: This Bridge Drive-in opened as Skylark Drive-in the same year the Skylark Drive-in in St. Joseph opened(1949) by the same owners, closed the same year(1982), and both had their gently used SPECO 35mm platter trees transferred to the brand new Plaza 4 in St. Joseph upon opening. Both platters were on location, the St. Joseph Skylark platter even used, up until Plaza 8’s closing in March 2014.

dallasmovietheaters on September 5, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Durwood Theatres had a movie lock in Jeff-City at the end of the 1940s with the established four-wall Capital and State. But an independent decided to build an ozoner ultimately named the Hiwa 50 Drive-In Theatre in 1949. Durwood decided to build an even larger drive-in to undercut the newly-created indy. And on September 22, 1949, the Skylark Drive-In Theatre launched for the Durwood Circuit.

Late in the 1955 season, a new bridge for Jeff-City opened giving an improved traffic flow for the drive-in. Ads said “ride the bridge to the Skylark.” But a light bulb went on, and for the 1956 season, the Skylark was renamed for the structure it was just past and was called the New Bridge Drive-In Theatre for the entire ‘56 season. In 1957, “new” was gone and it became the Drive-In Theatre which would receive significant upgrades for the 1959 season.

American Mutlicinema (AMC) took on the Durwood portfolio in 1961 including the Bridge.The Bridge would fall into controversy in 1971 while showing the X-rated “Myra Breckenridge.”

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