Queen City Twin Drive-In

3630 Sunshine Street,
Springfield, MO 65809

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Opened in 1973 the Queen City Drive-In accomadated 800 cars. It was the last drive-in to open in the Springfield area. It had a short life of only eight years and closed in 1985.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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deck52
deck52 on August 5, 2005 at 1:49 pm

The site is now a Sam’s Club

dabutcher
dabutcher on April 15, 2006 at 10:13 pm

I managed the Queen from 1978, when I closed the Springfield Drive-In, until 1979 when I left to go to college. The style was modeled on the Holiday Drive-In,which had been rebuilt a few years before, except it was much more expensively done, as it also was the office for the City Manager,at that time Russell Cox.The outside was brown brick with turquoise and white trim, the bathrooms were bright white tile with red formica counters,the concession was dual laned with white tile on the walls and turqoise and white counters with black formica tops. The offices, Russell’s and mine, were expensively paneled in dark brown wood and modern wooden office furniture. A unique feature was the projection booth, actually on the second floor above the concession stand, unlike the Holiday, where it was at the rear. We showed first releases often, but the mainstays were second runs and theme marathons,especially after the Springfield closed and we show the occassional “R” rated marathon on the screen facing away from Sunshine Street!

dabutcher
dabutcher on April 15, 2006 at 10:16 pm

Also, I forgot. The Queen did not open in 1978, as Mr Bibber states, but in 1970. I’ll have to dig out my dedication photos with Frank Jones, the District Manager, at the time. Sorry.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Boxoffice announced in its issue of May 7, 1973, that construction had begun on the Queen City Twin. There was a small photo of the groundbreaking featuring three Commonwealth Theatres executives. The plans for the project were by Milton Costlow & Associates.

dmartin
dmartin on January 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm

My Father was projectionist there and many other theaters in Spfld. My brother and I grew up there. There were alot of good memories there and some not so good. I will never forget that place.
Dan Martin

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

The name of the street the Queen City Drive-In was on was Sunshine Street, not Sunrise. The wrong street name has sent Google Maps on a wild goose chase, ending up several miles from where the theater was actually located.

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