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Previous Names: Camdenton Drive-In
Camdenton’s Drive-In Theatre opened on April 7, 1950. The opening feature was a double feature of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” starring Maria Montez & Jon Hall and “Son of a Bad Man” starring Las La Rue. The next feature, appropriately enough for a theatre in the Ozark Mountains, was “Square Dance Jubilee” starring Don ‘Red’ Barry. This was the second drive-in to open in the area following Grand Glaize Drive-In in nearby Osage Beach the previous summer.
There was no news coverage of the opening in the weekly Camdenton Reville, as there had been at the opening of the Grand Glaize Drive-In the previous year, maybe because of the modest advertisements they ran compared to the Grand Glaize Drive-In. Though I think it was commonly referred to as the Camdenton Drive-In Theatre, at least during their first year, the name on their advertisements was clearly Camdenton’s Drive-In Theatre.
The drive-in was located on Highway 5 South in Camdenton. It was closed in the mid-1970’s and has been demolished. The site of the drive in is now occupied by the Camdenton Vocational and Technical School, and all traces of the drive in are gone.
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