50 Drive-In

4104 W. Main Street,
Sedalia, MO 65301

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50 Drive-In

The 50 Highway Drive-In was operated by Commonwealth Amusement, opening in 1949. They were still operating it in 1955, with the name shortened to 50 Drive-In. It was closed on May 12, 1980 when it was hit by a tornado.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2014 at 6:05 am

David and Noelle Soren’s list of known Boller theatres includes an unnamed drive-in at Sedalia designed in 1948. Unless two drive-ins in Sedalia began construction that year it must have been this one that was designed by Boller Brothers.

Tp on March 21, 2016 at 3:02 am

starzz was opened in last in 1998 located at 20212 whitfield rd Sedalia this was about 2 miles west Sedalia you can find it google satellite

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2016 at 3:55 am

Tp is correct. The drive-in at 4104 W. Main Street closed as the Sedalia Drive-In. According to Drive-Ins.com, it opened in 1949 as the 50 Hi-Way Drive-In, became simply the 50 Drive-In in 1955, was closed following a destruction tornado in 1976, and was reopened in 1990 as the Sedalia Drive-In. It has since been demolished and its site is now the location of the indoor Galaxy 10 Cinema, which was built as an 8-screen house in 1998.

CinemaTour lists the Starzz Drive-In on Whitfield Road as the Diamond Drive-In, with Starzz as an aka. Adam Martin posted photos of it.

Tp on March 21, 2016 at 7:37 am

joe I was stationed at whiteman afb mo 1985-95 so I know Sedalia had no DI went S Korea came back to whiteman in 1998 the Starzz DI was advertising in the whiteman afb weekly newspaper as being on whitfield rd know this was not opened during the 1st time I was there this must been black out and reopened sometime 1995-98

Tp on March 21, 2016 at 7:43 am

if you put in 20212 whitfield rd in goggle earth you can see it shaped like diamond

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2016 at 9:14 am

Yes, I now think Drive-Ins.com got the dates wrong. I’ve found reliable sources saying that the tornado which destroyed the Sedalia Drive-In happened in 1980, not 1976. My guess would be that the theater reopened as the Sedalia Drive-In in 1976, the year Drive-Ins.com mistakenly said it was destroyed by the tornado.

Web sites recording major weather events in the area don’t list any tornadoes at Sedalia in 1976, but they do list the one in 1980. The site of the Sedalia Drive-In was probably vacant from 1980 until the Galaxy 8 was built on it in 1998.

Tp on March 21, 2016 at 11:16 am

Joe I know there was nothing there in 1985 just an empty lot

davidcoppock on December 13, 2016 at 9:11 am

It looks there are some remains of the entrance and exit roads still there(behind Galaxy 8) in the above photo.

davidcoppock on December 13, 2016 at 9:14 am

Correction – Galaxy 10 Cinema.

MichaelKilgore on May 12, 2019 at 6:09 am

I don’t think this drive-in was ever called anything except the 50 Highway or some variant.

The “50 Drive-In” advertised in the Sedalia Democrat in July 1979 and early May 1980. News reports of the May 12, 1980 tornado said it obliterated the “Highway 50 Drive-In Theater”. (Commonwealth Theaters reopened the indoor Fox in June while promising to have the “New 50” ready for the 1981 season.)

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