I-70 Drive-In

8701 East Highway 40,
Kansas City, MO 64129

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I-70 Drive-In

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This is Missouri’s largest drive-in with four big screens showing double features on each and an overall capacity of 1,200 cars. It opened July 22, 1964.

Their neon marquee is a scaled down replica of the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch and is one of the great drive-in marquees.

Management there has a good thing going and despite the expansion, makes an effort to remember the small things that help to inject and maintain the nostalgic flavor ranging from screening classic intermission trailers to playing vintage field tunes. They still have traditional speakers as an option to audio provided by FM broadcast.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

karlyjm on February 6, 2008 at 8:42 pm

The chain/owner of the drive-in is Smith Management Globe Cinemas. A actual owner of the company works as the general manager there when it is opened and his wife runs the concession stand!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 1, 2008 at 9:50 pm

A 2007 view of the Kansas City I-70 Drive In Theater entrance, sign and marquee here and the sign here. A close up of the sign here.

bbrown1 on March 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Good news for the I-70 Drive-In! After some concern that Globe Cinemas would not be able to convert to digital, it has reopened this year under the operation of B&B Theatres, who have installed digital projection for all 4 screens. B&B will also operate the Globe’s Twin Drive-In in Independence, where they are also installing digital projection. Hats off to a movie chain making the effort to keep drive-ins open. B&B also operates the Moberly Five and Drive, a combination of 5 indoor screens and one drive-in screen in Moberly MO.

sunflower62 on May 28, 2014 at 1:51 am

There was an excellent article by Steve Everly in the Kansas City Star on Saturday May 24, 2014 about the I-70 and Twin Drive-In theaters. The article starts on the front page and continues on A12. It talks about B&B Theaters taking over the operation of the drive-ins, and that the switch to digital projection has been completed. Movie screens were repainted, and restrooms and the concession stand were upgraded. The seasonal grand opening was May 23.

rivest266 on July 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

July 22nd, 1964 grand opening ad in photo section.

NeonMichael on April 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

When did the I-70 split from one screen to four? It had to be before summer 1992, because that’s when I saw A League of Their Own there (in the rain). The 1988 IMPA still listed it as one screen, for what that’s worth.

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