Sunset Drive-In

2800 W. Main Street,
Independence, KS 67301

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Sunset Drive-In

The Sunset Drive-In was located on the west side of the town and sat on the NE corner of West Main Street (HWY 75) and Peter Pan Road.

The drive-in was open before 1955 when it was operated by Mid-Central Ct. and was still in existence by 1979. By 1991, it had been closed and demolished. Today, at least three businesses sit on the property with no trace of the drive-in left.

Contributed by Ken McElhaney

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MichaelKilgore on May 31, 2019 at 2:42 pm

From the May 6, 1950 issue of BoxOffice:

INDEPENDENCE, KAS. – The 300-car Sunset Drive-In, a Theatre Enterprises – William H. Wagner operation, opened here last week on a ten-acre tract on Highways 160-75. To add easier driving and parking, each ramp is plainly marked in neon.

The Sunset is equipped with RCA in-car speakers. Abbie Cook is in charge of the refreshment bar. A 27x16-foot patio in front of the concession stand is equipped with tables, chairs and speakers, for patrons who wish to leave their cars. There also is a playground for children.

A large neon sign on the back of the screen tower facing the highway depicts a sun setting behind a mountain. The operation will be under the direction of Wagner and W. R. Marshall, city manager here for TEI, with Myron Slater as house manager. Orven Knoles is chief projectionish and Vera Graham is cashier.

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