Family Drive-In

1454 U.S. 60 Business,
Dexter, MO 63841

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Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres

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Family Drive-In

The Family Drive-In was opened on June 23, 1950. This drive-in was operated by Kerasotes Missouri Theatres in the 1970’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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jwmovies on December 5, 2016 at 1:57 am

The address for this Drive-in is 1454 U.S.60 BUS, Dexter MO 63841.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on June 7, 2019 at 11:15 am

From the May 6, 1950 issue of BoxOffice:

“The Dexter Drive-In on Highway 60 about a mile and one-half west of Dexter will open about June 1. This 400-car project is owned by State Senator Newell (sic) Lawrence of Bloomfield and associates. Norwin Garner will be the manager.”

A later issue reported that the Dexter opened June 23. Yewell Lawrence died in a car accident the following January.

From the April 21, 1956 Motion Picture Herald:

“The Family drive-in theatre, Dester (sic), Mo., has been sold to Winifred Garner, Dr. E. G. Bailey, Sr. and Dr. E. G. Bailey, Jr., by the Lawrence family. The theatre was built in 1950 by the late Yewell Lawrence and had been owned and operated by the Lawrence family ever since.”

kennerado on May 8, 2020 at 1:38 am

Now ABC Storage and Bank of Advance, the concession building still exists as the office for the storage business.

MichaelKilgore on March 16, 2022 at 7:41 pm

Another project that apparently never finished, I’ll leave this note here.

Boxoffice, Feb. 4, 1950: “A new drive-in is to be built on Highway 25 one mile south of Dexter. The ozoner will be named Weeks' Modern Drive-In.”

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