21 Drive-In

Highway 21 North,
Van Buren, MO 63965

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21 Drive-In

The 21 Drive-In was opened on July 17, 1952. This is a single screen drive-in with a capacity of over 700 cars. It had gone dark but was restored and reopened in 1997. It currently screens double features of classic movies on a weekends-only basis.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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jwmovies on August 29, 2012 at 3:15 am

The drive-in is located on Missouri 21/34 north of Miller Lake and south of County Road 570.

Chris1982 on September 2, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Actual address & Phone Number 73434 N. Route 21, Van Buren, Missouri 63965 573-945-2121 website

MichaelKilgore on April 5, 2017 at 9:14 am

The 1955 Theatre Catalog and 1959 IMPA list it in Garwood MO (3 miles east of the drive-in) instead of Van Buren (9 miles southwest), but the 21’s Facebook page claims Van Buren. The 1972 IMPA puts the 21 in Ellington (17 miles north).

The 1959 IMPA lists capacity at 250, and the 1955 Catalog had it at 210. By the 1972 IMPA, it’s down to 200. In the 1982 IMPA, it jumps to 800. But when I look at the satellite view, I just don’t see how even 700 cars could fit.

Also, the 21 was still listed (in Ellington!) in the 1987 IMPA, so any closure probably came after that.

50sSNIPES on September 19, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Opened On July 17th, 1952. Please Update.

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