Lakeside Drive-In

N. 91st Street & Leavenworth Road,
Kansas City, KS 66109

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Lakeside Drive-In

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The Lakeside Drive-In was opened August 7, 1953 with Vincent Price in “House of Wax” presented in 3D. It continued to operate until the 1970’s. During its last years of operation it showed adult movies, which anyone driving down KS-5 (Leavenworth Road) could see.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Carlj on August 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Another great long gone drive in…..not far from Lakeside Speedway.

jwmovies on October 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 3138 N. 91st St.

OKCdoorman on March 25, 2017 at 11:35 pm

Wyandotte County Judge Leo Moroney ordered the seizure of the adult film THE RAMRODDER—which was being shown at the Lakeside following a normal double-feature—on Thursday, June 24, 1969, along with the films THE HEAD MISTRESS and EAT, DRINK AND MAKE MERRIE plus two coming attractions: STARLETT! (referred to in the court papers as THE STARLETT) and LILA. (“Judge Orders a Film Impounded,” Kansas City Star, pp.4).

In a tremendous legal gamble, the Lakeside’s owners COUNTER-SUED Wyandotte County in Federal court for a temporary restraining order before any seizure, naming DA Francis Menghini along with Wyandotte’s three judges (Moroney, O.Q. Claflin III, and Harry Miller), the owners claiming their First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights were being violated (the first time in movie exhibition history such rights were claimed by a theater). (“A Film Obscenity Hearing in Topeka,” KCS, Thursday, July 3, 1969, pp. 4).

US District Court Judge George Templar decided he needed the weekend of Friday, July 11, 1969 to make a decision on the injunction along with perhaps combining the case with three similar local federal cases going on at the same time (the Kimo South Theater, now known as the Rio, was having its rights to show I AM CURIOUS YELLOW being deliberated in an extended trial), and that he could decide it instead of a 3-judge panel hearing it. (“Bid to Halt Film Seizure is Studied,” Kansas City Times, Saturday, July 12, 1969, pp. 4A)

Judge Templar punted on Monday, July 14, 1969, denying the owners' rights were being violated and refusing the injunction but then tossed the case to his colleague Arthur Stanley Jr, who was already forming his own 3-judge panel on a separate movie obscenity case. (“Denies Plea on Obscenity Law,” KCT, Tuesday, July 15, 1969, pp.3)

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Drive-In 54 on March 26, 2017 at 3:59 am

Grand Opening was August 7,1953

rivest266 on May 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm

August 7th, 1953 grand opening ad in the photo section.

NYer on May 6, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Wonder if the 3D actually looked good. Haven’t heard of other drive-ins playing 3D.

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