40 Hiway Drive-In

14201 E. US Highway 40,
Kansas City, MO 64136

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40 Hiway Drive-In

The 40 Hiway Drive-In opened May 14, 1942. The single screen drive-in listed the car capacity at 750. It was initially owned by Mr. Philip Smith and later by Kansas City Outdoor Theatre Corp. The 40 Hiway Drive-In was open at least 1988.

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Chris1982 on October 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Old Time Pottery is on the wrong side of the road. If you do an aerial of US 40 & 71 Bypass the outline of the drive-in is still there.

rivest266 on July 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

May 14th, 1942 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on July 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm

April 4th, 1968 grand reopening ad in photo section.

jwmovies on December 3, 2016 at 8:14 pm

The address listed is incorrect. There are ads that state this Drive-in was at I-40 and Noland Road on the web.

The correct address for this Drive-in given aerials at the time the Drive-in was open should be:

14201 E US Hwy 40, Kansas City, MO 64136.

Please update.

jwmovies on December 3, 2016 at 8:18 pm

The Drive-in in the map given is not the 40 Hiway. Sorry Chris. The shopping center overtook the Drive-in. There is no trace of it.

jpr88 on March 3, 2018 at 3:12 pm

I’m pretty sure it closed sometime in the early to mid 80s. There was already a strip mall or shopping center on the site by 1990.

NeonMichael on September 17, 2018 at 4:03 pm

The Hi-Way 40 was still on the Motion Picture Almanac’s final drive-in list in the 1988 edition, if that means anything. Historic Aerials make it very clear that it was 100% gone by 1990.

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