I-70 Drive-In

8701 East Highway 40,
Kansas City, MO 64129

1200 cars

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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. It was closed by B & B Theatres in 2018.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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karlyjm
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
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
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
rivest266 on July 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

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

NeonMichael
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.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm

I-70 Drive-In is closed for good!!

terrywade
terrywade on September 10, 2018 at 8:53 am

You would think the people that lease the land would have had a closing week big movie event party to send the 1 70 off! Not so they just closed the place and the bulldozers will be coming in.

Tp
Tp on September 15, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Say its not so. The I-70 now becomes the 19th out of 21 Drive -Ins in Kansas City Metro area to close and the largest in KC and within the Midwest.

Tp
Tp on September 15, 2018 at 12:44 pm
  1. What I have found out was the owners were wanting 50 grand a year, to keep the Drive In there. 2.Yellow freight bought the land and will soon be parking there trucks there 3.If you drive by on I -70 you can see that yellow freight has completely surrounded the Drive-In so this comes as no big surprise to me
  2. I drove by there today 9-15-2018 about 1pm the car speakers are all removed from the poles.
  3. Ticket booths still there
  4. Concession stand still there
  5. All 4 screens still there
  6. BB Theaters didn’t own the land
  7. Somebody from Omaha Nebraska bought 3 screens and car speakers and will be opening a new Drive In Theater in 2019 in the Omaha Nebraska Area so you can say you heard it here first
  8. I remember driving buy the Drive In back in May2018 I remember seeing the I-70 Marque sign gone and the arch at time I thought it was damaged and under going repairs but as the summer kept going these were never put back up now we know the real reason as to why.
  9. BB Theaters don’t own the land that the Twin Drive In is own but I really don’t think anyone wants to buy that land
  10. That the Midway Drive In Asawatomie Kansas is closed and for sale for about 200 grand 13 That another Drive In is being built in Kentucky and Canada besides the one in Omaha Nebraska
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