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Phoenix Drive-In

16657 B,
Houston, MO 65483

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Phoenix Drive-In

Located on State Route , to the east of Houston. The ozoner opened May 10, 1951 as the Sunset Drive-In. It had a capacity for 140 car capacity. It was later renamed the Phoenix Drive-In.

The drive-in closed in 1998 but under new ownership it re-opened in 2001. It went through a remodel in early-2004 by its current owner and now has a capacity for 150 cars.

It operates seasonally from May through October. Sound is provided by both traditional pole speakers and FM radio.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Chris1982 on August 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

This drive-in is owned by the same owner as the Phoenix Theatre adjacent to the drive-in.

NeonMichael on April 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm

The 1952 & 55 Theatre Catalogs list the Sunset with a capacity of 350. OTOH, the 1959 IMPA says 150, though it was up to 200 for the 1982 edition.

NeonMichael on April 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm

I found a great article in the Houston Herald from September 2011. Lots of nice photos, and these timeline clues:

It changed hands “several times over the years”.

Jaretta Lankford owned the drive-in and adjacent indoor theater “for most of the 90s.” The original screen blew down “in the mid-1990s” and was replaced with the screen that endures to at least 2011. That was also when it upgraded to FM sound, keeping a few car speakers too.

It was purchased in February 2010 from someone who “only had it less than a year”.

As of the article, Samantha Thomas owned the Phoenix and ran it with her parents, Richard and Hillary Thomas, and sister Noel.

rivest266 on March 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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