Cinema Park Drive-In
800 E. Missouri Avenue,
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The Cinema Park Drive-In was opened April 22, 1949 with Jeanne Crain in “A Letter to Three Wives” & Randolph Scott in “The Walking Hills”. Car capacity was listed at 880. It was said to be the first air-cooled drive-in in the United States, making use of five helicopter blades to propel 500,000 cubic feet of water-impregnated air over the 10 acre site. The misty, circulated air did the cooling job. Using the same equipment as that used in citrus groves to combat frost, the air conditioned theatre was a success with patrons. It was operated by Plitt Theatres when it closed in the mid-1970’s.
The drive-in was demolished and a strip shopping center and apartment complex is now where the theatre once stood.
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