Lake Park Twin Drive-In

400 South 59th Lane,
Kansas City, KS

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Lake Park Twin Drive-In

This drive-in theatre was once owned by a W.D.Fulton and his wife. My father Bob Hilton managed the theatre while it had one screen up until 1965, when the general manager, Jim Lewis got the ideal to put a screen up where the train barn was, making this theatre a two screen. Lake Park 2 was open up in the spring of 1966. The business took off and did great. We left Kansas in 1977 and as far as I know it was still open in the spring of 1980.

I called a manager back there and found out it was sold to Mid-America Theatres. This person also managed the State Drive-In on State Avenue.

I would like to hear from anyone who knows what happened to both of those theatres.

Contributed by edmond hilton

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TomC on August 18, 2004 at 6:17 pm

Both are long closed. I haven’t been by the location of the State D.I. in some time. The last time I saw it it was still standing, but in sad shape. Not sure about the Lake Park. The only drive ins left in Kansas City are the I-70 (four screen), Twin (two screen) and the Boulevard (single screen).

MRagan on March 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Was this the drive in that had big fireworks displays in the mid-late 1960s for the 4th of July?

john62 on May 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

the state ave drive in is now the city’s mechanics shop and the parks and rec main office complex

jpr88 on September 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

The Lake Park was still opened until 81 at least. The last movie I saw there was Outland and it came out in 81. It stood for a couple more years before it was demolished. The State’s last year of operation was 91. These were two of my favorite drive ins growing up. Visited them both dozens of times at least.

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