Midway Drive-In

29505 W. 327th Street,
Paola, KS 66071

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 913.755.2325

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Midway Drive-In

Located midway between Paola and Osawantomi, KS. The Midway Drive-In opened in 1952. This single screen drive-in has a capacity for 240 cars. It was reported closed in September 2018, but reopened for the 2019 season on May 24.

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jwmovies on October 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

The address for this drive-in is 29591 West 327th Street, Paola, KS 66071.

Chris1982 on September 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm

The Midway Drive-In has made the conversion to digital projection.

MichaelKilgore on April 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

A KCTV story from 2013 said the Midway opened in 1953. The 1952 Theatre Catalog didn’t list it, but the 1955 edition did.

All Catalog and IMPA references to the Midway assign it to Osawatomie, but as jwmovies noted, it claims a Paola address.

Tp on September 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Closed at same time I-70 in kc closed but for sale at 200 grand

MichaelKilgore on June 12, 2019 at 6:39 am

The reports of this drive-in’s demise were premature. It has been open for the 2019 summer season since Memorial Day weekend. Check out the Midway’s Facebook page for current movies.

MichaelKilgore on August 1, 2019 at 7:04 am

“Chuck Thomas of Osawatomie-Paola, Kas., reports bad weather has prevented completion of a renovation program at his Midway Drive-In.” —BoxOffice, May 30, 1966

MichaelKilgore on April 8, 2021 at 7:21 pm

Boxoffice, Oct. 27, 1956: “Bob Fellers, manager of Mid-Central Theatres, reports negotiations are under way for the circuit to dispost of some of its fringe theatres. Allied Theatres, Inc., of Perry, Okla., will take over on November 9 … the Mid-Way Drive-In between (Paola and Osawatomie). James McKenna, the son of B. J. McKenna at Manley, Inc., will have charge of the operation.”

MichaelKilgore on March 9, 2023 at 2:11 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 18, 1950: “PAOLA, KAS. - In hopes of an early lifting of the federal ban on amusement building, the Griffith Theatre Enterprises, owners of the Paola and Osawatomie Theatres, have purchased ten acres of land near here for a drive-in.”

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