Kar-Vu Drive-In

27474 Highway 287,
Springfield, CO 81073

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Kar-Vu Drive-In

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The single-screen Kar-Vu Drive-In opened in 1964 with a capacity of 165 cars. It was open from May through September and used traditional drive-in speakers for sound.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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brentclarkf
brentclarkf on December 19, 2004 at 11:44 pm

This “working” theatre is for sale! It’s a package deal with the downtown theatre, The Capitol. A kind of two for one! The Capitol is in EXCELLENT shape. The current owners bought them after their long-time owners retired. I don’t know the details; however, anyone interested should contact the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. It’s a shame that these two are sitting silently now. I know they are being sorely missed.

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on July 20, 2005 at 3:13 pm

The Kar-Vu has not found a new owner yet. The Capitol, Springfield’s downtown theatre, re-opened in April 2005. There are no such plans for the Kar-Vu. I have pictures of the drive in to post asap. It’s a shame the Kar-Vu is no longer working as it was a fun theatre.

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on July 20, 2005 at 3:13 pm

The Kar-Vu has not found a new owner yet. The Capitol, Springfield’s downtown theatre, re-opened in April 2005. There are no such plans for the Kar-Vu. I have pictures of the drive in to post asap. It’s a shame the Kar-Vu is no longer working as it was a fun theatre.

compassdriveins
compassdriveins on September 24, 2007 at 1:44 am

The Kar Vu Screen has been demolished.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on July 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I visited the Kar Vu on July, 10th, 2010. Most everything is still there and in great shape. The siding and “screen” part of the screen tower was removed and the tower its self was tipped over so that the screen area now lays on its face on the ground, however the steel skeleton is still laying at the front of the theater intact. A company was attempting to buy the property to build a motel on the site and began demolition but the deal fell through before they got very far. All speaker poles have been removed as well as most of the fencing but the ramps remain, although overgrown with weeds. The one story, cinder-block snack bar/concession area is still there and in pretty good shape. The booth is complete with all accessories (including old trailers) but the rectifier, xenon lamphouse (4k watt) and platters are gone. The Simplex E-7 projector still sits there on a Ballantyne base with a flat lens in the barrel. The snack bar is rather empty but still has its vintage popcorn machine and grill. In between the booth and snack bar area, there is a small viewing area with about 20 seats and 2 speakers where patrons could sit and watch the movie without a car. The theater was owned and operated until the year 2000 by Ms. Ruby Ross who also owned and operated The Capitol Theater in town until the same year. The theater did switch to FM radio before closing.
With major renovation to the screen and some cleaning up and updating in the booth, this theater could easily be reopened but time is running out as more and more years of neglect occur. The residents of Springfield would love to have it back!

Status Should Be Changed to “Closed” as opposed to “Demolished”

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