66 Drive-In

17231 Old 66 Boulevard,
Carthage, MO 64836

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66 Drive-In

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Originally opened in the early days of American post war drive-in boom in 1949. The 66 Drive-In had parking for 400 cars and a seating area for 18 walk-in patrons. It went dark as eventually most drive-ins did after the boom had gone bust.

The story of the 66 Drive-In didn’t end in darkness though. In one of the most ambitious efforts of the dozens that have succeeded in resurrecting abandoned drive-ins, the old 66 Drive-In was brought back from brink and reopened in 1997.

Now it is open seasonally and the big screen shows double features with the audio provided by local FM radio broadcast. Admission is $5.00 for 13 and up. Children 12 and under are a $1.00. No charge for a child if they are in a car set.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 22, 2006 at 11:45 pm

I will be driving from Los Angeles to Chicago on Route 66 this summer. Here is another article with a photo:
http://tinyurl.com/qcwgg

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on December 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I thought “you"did. I was a manager for your firm the 1970’s in Salina, Ks, and I was always under the impression that was a Dickinson house. Dickinson also operated the Webb City Drive-in a short distance from this theatre.

mpd732
mpd732 on January 27, 2013 at 12:09 am

lostmemory, this another notice that you are illegally uploading my photos from flickr to this website. Please read and remove the photo>>>>COPYRIGHT NOTICE: All photographs, text and html coding appearing in this/my Flickr site are protected under United States and international copyright laws. No images are within Public Domain. Use of any image as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration is a violation of copyright. Please do NOT steal my photos, scans or anything in my photostream for your little blogs or websites, Pinterest or Tumblr, Facebook or any other “social media”., or use them for any commercial or non-commercial, for or non-profit uses and please, don’t link to them AT ALL ANYWHERE. ALL photos here are NOT available for purchase. No, you may NOT use them for free, so please don’t waste your/my time asking. (That includes the “but we’ll give you a photo credit” crowd.)

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on January 28, 2013 at 4:33 am

All photos uploaded to this website attached to my name were personally taken by me and not pulled from any other source. If someone is linking to a flickr page it is not being uploaded or stolen from you, it is linking to your flickr page.

dmacp1
dmacp1 on April 24, 2013 at 4:44 am

I guess I’m fortunate. I have a color copy of the picture at the top of this page. From the site “ComeVisit” in 1998. I think I’ll frame it.

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