Lyons Drive-In

1315 Century Road,
Lyons, KS 67554

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Lyons Drive-In

The Lyons Drive-In opened on April 15th, 1950 with a double feature, “Wild Harvest” and “Sainted Sisters”.

The drive-in made it into the 1970’s, but was closed and demolished by 1991. Today, a church sits on part of the property, but you can still see the faint outline of the drive-in, some of the ramps and even the foundation for the screen.

Contributed by Ken McElhaney

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MichaelKilgore on June 1, 2019 at 9:36 am

The Lyons was still included in a 1972 topo map. In a 1991 aerial photo, it was gone though still undeveloped.

From the May 13, 1950 issue of BoxOffice:

LYONS, KAS. – The new 350-car Lyons Drive-In on Route 50-N west of here, the initial open air theatre in Rice county, recently was opened by Luther Osborne and Don Cuthbertson. Both men are new to show business. Osborne formerly was associated with the Central Drilling Co., Great Bend, while Cuthbertson formerly operated a grocery store and locker plant. Features of the new ozoner include a concession stand and a playground for children. The drive-in is being managed by Cuthbertson.

MichaelKilgore on August 12, 2019 at 1:56 pm

From the April 18, 1960 issue of Boxoffice: “The Lyons Drive-In was purchased by Fred Munson, effective March 15, from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Peterson. Munson did extensive remodeling before opening up, installing a Ross-Temp icebreaker, a new drink machine and corrugated galvanized iron on the screen before repainting it.”

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