Drive-In Theatre

801 North Martin Avenue,
East Prairie, MO 63845

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Drive-In Theatre

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The Drive-In Theatre opened May 23, 1941 featuring the 1940 spy thriller “Foreign Correspondent” with Joel McCrea, Herbert Marshall and Loraine Day, along with the 1936 animated feature ”Mickey’s Moving Day”. The drive-in was opened by East Prairie Theatre Company which was Ben K. Reasor. Reasor also operated the Victory Theatre in East Prairie, MO. It was very small drive-in theatre and it may have parked 20-30 cars from what I was told. It also had outside seating for the walk-in movie goers. It was consider being more of an outdoor movie theatre versus a true drive-in theatre. It was advertised has both. It featured outside blast speakers with a full concession stand featuring cold drinks, popcorn, etc.

The Drive-In Theatre closed on October 24, 1941 with plans to reopen in spring of 1942 but it never did. Later on the drive-in was demolished and it is now the East Prairie Swimming Pool and Park.

Contributed by Randy Studer
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