Sage Drive-In

3285 E. Andy Devine Avenue,
Kingman, AZ 86401

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The Marquee

One of the many drive-ins on old Route 66, the Sage Drive-In was located on E. Andy Devine Avenue, and was one of the first things drivers from back east saw when driving west to Kingman. Opened in September 1956, it closed in 1976 although Kingman phone books suddenly stopped listing it in 1968.

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Senorsock
Senorsock on July 20, 2007 at 3:38 am

Here’s a link to a picture of the Sage Drive In marquee from back in 1968: View link

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Nice 1968 marquee shot.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

This one was taken out by US Hwy 40! Approx. location was where Bank St. & McDonald Ave. met.

This was actually not on Route 66 (E. Devine Ave). You had to go east on E. Evelyn to McDonald and north to the drive-in’s entrance. The westbound exit for Rte. 66 is where it stood.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on August 31, 2016 at 3:39 pm

This is pretty close:

3285 E Andy Devine Ave
Kingman, AZ 86401

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 9, 2019 at 11:45 pm

The Arizona Republic ran the following note on Sept. 19, 1956: “Kingman now has a drive-in theater, The Sage, managed by Ira Rawlings. Rawlings also manages the States Theater in Kingman. The Lang Theater Corp. owns both theaters.”

High winds toppled the screen a few months later, per an AP story printed Apr. 7, 1957 in the Republic.

Motion Picture Almanac drive-in list appearances:

  • 1957-66: off the list
  • 1969-76: Capacity 250
  • 1977: off the list
MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on April 3, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Here’s a fresh link to that great 1968 marquee photo by Fronske Studio in the Northern Arizona University archives.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 28, 2019 at 9:26 pm

From the Oct. 13, 1956 Motion Picture Herald:

The latest drive-in to become a part of the Harry L. Nace circuit is the new Sage drive-in, in Kingman, Ariz., with a 400-car capacity.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on January 16, 2020 at 2:51 pm

Boxoffice, April 13, 1957: “An east Kingman suburb was blacked out for 30 minutes when a 60 mph wind felled a large outdoor theatre screen across a power line. The screen was at the Sage Drive-In about three miles east of Kingman.”

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