Webb City Drive-In

1104 S. Madison Street,
Webb City, MO 64870

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Webb City Drive-In

The Webb City Drive-In was opened on June 26, 1953 with Mitzi Gaynor in “Bloodhounds on Broadway”. It was operated by Howard Larson. It was later operated by Dickinson Theatres. It was closed in 1998.

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rivest266 on August 6, 2013 at 3:50 pm

June 26th, 1953 grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

Chris1982 on October 22, 2014 at 1:23 am

The site is now a Walmart Super Center.

NeonMichael on February 25, 2019 at 11:19 am

The Webb City opened on June 27, 1953 per an article the next day in the Joplin Globe. “Howard Larsen, manager, said some 800 persons were present. Larsen said a park playground with children’s rides and a lake stocked with fish will be added later on part of the 18-acre tract lease from Mrs. George Hammill.”

An Aug. 25, 1991 article in the Springfield (MO) News-Leader said that the Webb City was still operating on weekends.

NeonMichael on May 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

The 1955-56 Theatre Catalog listed the Webb City with a capacity of 400, owner Howard Larsen.

Appearances in the Motion Picture Almanac drive-in lists:

  • 1955-59: Drive-In, no capacity, no owner info
  • 1960-66: Drive-In, 400, W. Brandfield
  • 1967-76: Drive-In, 400 (no owner info)
  • 1977-82: Webb City Drive In, 350, Dickinson
  • 1983-88: Webb City Drive In, 1 screen, Dickinson

The Salina (KS) Journal reported on Sept. 18, 1994 that some projection equipment from a closed Dickinson theater there was going “to a drive-in theater in Webb City, Mo.”

In a 1996 aerial, the drive-in still looked active. A Facebook photo collection includes the marquee advertising Kingpin, which came out in late July 1996.

Per another aerial, the drive-in was completely gone by 2003.

NeonMichael on May 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm

On June 26, 1998, in an article about active drive-ins, the Joplin Globe mentioned, “More recently, Webb City Drive-In closed.”

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