B & B Twin Drive-In

Missouri 291 & E. Kentucky Road,
Independence, MO 64058

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NeonMichael
NeonMichael on April 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm

My 1969 IMPA erroneously lists the “Twin I & II” under Kansas City MO, capacity 1700. That error persisted through at least the 1976 edition. The 1982 edition was more accurate, listing it in Independence with 2 x 850 capacity.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 26, 2012 at 8:31 am

Above address does not map properly. Use Missouri 291 & E Kentucky Rd, Independence, MO 64058.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2010 at 1:44 am

Neat looking marquee.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 6, 2009 at 1:50 am

Here is a photo from a couple of years ago:
http://tinyurl.com/chzv8p

Aparofan
Aparofan on January 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Here are some shots I took yesterday while it was snowing outside.

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Aparofan
Aparofan on July 30, 2008 at 11:59 pm

Here’s the opening day ad from the 11/24/65 KC Star.

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And here’s an opening soon ad from the 11/12/65 KC Star.

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Aparofan
Aparofan on May 24, 2008 at 12:04 am

I went and saw Indy 4 at the Twin and took some pictures.

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Aparofan
Aparofan on January 31, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Globe operates the Twin now. It’s on 291 Hwy and Kentucky Rd. so that address sounds right. The address above is for the old Independence Square theater, which is now called the Pharoah.

Aparofan
Aparofan on January 31, 2008 at 2:33 pm

It doesn’t look like the arch to me but I guess it could have been inspired by it. I think the theater opened in 1965 or 66. I’m not sure. I’m trying to track down the opening date by going through the K.C. Star microfilm but I haven’t found it yet.

kschneiderstl
kschneiderstl on January 31, 2008 at 6:03 am

Is it really supposed to be a replica of the St. Louis Arch? Anyone know what year this theater was built? The St. Louis arch wasn’t completed until 1965, long after the Drive-in boom, although there still were a few being built then.
I’ve seen photos of the Twin and the 1-70. Their arches appear to be four sided and red with illuminated white tiles, while the St. Louis arch is three sided and all silver in color (stainless steel actually). This arch is also alot wider in comparison to its height than the St. Louis arch.

Either way this theater is awesome and I hope to go there this summer.

Aparofan
Aparofan on June 24, 2007 at 10:51 pm

My wife and I go here as often as we can. It’s a great moviegoing experience. I used to go here all the time growing up and it hasn’t changed that much in the past 30 years. It needs a little upkeep and half the speakers don’t work and there’s a small chunk missing in the corner on screen #2 but that’s somewhat minor. I’m still glad the place is still open. They draw big crowds on weekends which is great to see.

sawblade5
sawblade5 on January 9, 2006 at 4:02 am

I believe the total capacity of this DI is 1400 as listed:
Screen 1 800 cars
Screen 2 600 cars

This is one of 5 Kansas City Area DIs that feature the Miniature St. Louis Style Arch and is also 1 of 4 DI’s that featured the same style of Blue Marquee that said Twin or State on it.

The other theatres that featured the St. Louis Arch replica was:
North Twin DI in Riverside, MO
South Twin DI in Olathe, KS
State Twin DI in Kansas City, KS
I-70 DI in Kansas City, MO