1729 West Broadway,
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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.
Opened in 1949, the Broadway Drive-In was a small drive-in theatre located on the west side of Columbia, MO. The screen faced the south-east towards Broadway and the rear of the screen rested at an angle along West Ash Street, which was then a gravel road. There was outdoor seating located in front of the projection booth, which proved to be a distraction sometimes to viewers in their cars, as some of those in the outdoor seats would raise their hands and make shadow puppets on the screen in the projection beam. This would cause a cacophony of car horns to sound until the hand(s) were removed.
The Broadway Drive-In was eventually surrounded by housing developments, as the city grew westward. This led to only G and PG films being shown there because children in the neighboring houses could easily see the screen. The Broadway Drive-In closed in 1973 and was immediately torn down. The area is now the parking lot for Gerbes Supermarket.
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