Edgewood Drive-In

3001 Gardner-Edgewood Drive,
Neosho, MO 64850

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Edgewood Drive-In

Opened in 1951 as the Carmar Drive-In which was owned by Mr. Hugh Gardner who also owned the indoor Carmar Theatre in downtown Neosho. On April 13, 1955 it was renamed the Edgewood Drive-In and had a grand opening screening Joel McCrea in “Wichita”. The drive-in had a capaciy of 300 cars and was still listed as open in the late-1970’s. It has since been demolished and a Lowes Home Improvement Store was built on the site.

Contributed by Chris1982

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 15, 2017 at 7:05 pm

One of the rare “Architectural Styles – Colonial” for a drive-in. See photos.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm

I wonder why the Carmar didn’t open on schedule, as elaborated in the June 3, 1950 issue of BoxOffice:

NEOSHO, MO. – Hugh Gardner will open a 225-car drive-in one mile south of Neosho on Highway 71 which leads into Camp Crowder. The opening is scheduled for July 1 to coincide with the 30th anniversary date on which Gardner took over the old Whiteway Theatre, which was renamed the Orpheum. Besides the Orpheum he now operates the Band Box. Harley Fryer, who has been manager of the city theatres for seven years, also will manage the new drive-in.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 13, 2019 at 4:50 am

A new owner by the start of the 1960 season, per Boxoffice, May 2 that year: “Ed Harris opened the Edgewood Drive-In at Neosho April 14 and closed the Orpheum downtown house.”

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