Derby Drive-In

1511 Rock Road,
Mulvane, KS 67110

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This location is where the drive in entrance was located. Now housing.

When this theater was open, this area was an unincorporated part of Derby hence the name. Mulvane was on the other side of the Atchison railroad according to aerials from the 1950’s. In 1960 it was taken over by Commonwealth Amusement Co.

Contributed by James Monroe

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Lyndon
Lyndon on February 2, 2018 at 7:12 am

The Derby Drive-In photos here.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 12, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Commonwealth Amusement Corp. leased all of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Slothower’s theaters on April 1, 1960. Per a report three days later in Boxoffice, all of them were in Wichita except the Derby Drive-In.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 14, 2019 at 9:21 pm

A three-page story about Merta and Truman Slothower in the July 4, 1960 issue of Boxoffice included: “The 54 and 81 drive-in theatres were acquired in 1956 from Nu-Vue Theatres of Kansas City. They built the Derby Drive-In, 12 miles south of Wichita, and purchased the Terrace Drive-In from George Sproule and Loren Jones.”

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