Poinsett Drive-In

Overpass Road,
Trumann, AR 72472

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Poinsett Drive-In

The Poinsett Drive-In was listed as being located in Marked Tree and opened in November 1950 by Paul Shafer. In April 1953 it was operated by J.E. Singleton. It was still open in the 1960’s.

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kencmcintyre on March 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm

It was listed in Marked Tree in the 1963 IMPA. I don’t have any other information on the city.

kencmcintyre on March 21, 2008 at 8:11 pm

It could be a mistake. The almanacs are not 100% accurate.

NYozoner on January 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Please update address to: Overpass Rd Trumann, AR 72472

The drive-in used to be exactly where the Cottonwood Road overpass goes over US 63.

I found this quote in an article titled “Fifty Years Ago: Local Trumann business community was going strong” from the Poinsett County Democrat Tribune on August 6, 2007.

“At Payneway, then called Harrisburg Corner, the Poinsett Drive-In re-opened for business”

That’s exactly where the drive-in was, although from the 1973 aerial photo I viewed, it looks like it had seen better days.

MichaelKilgore on October 9, 2021 at 8:23 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Aug. 2, 1952: “Earl Young, who served as manager (of Malco theatres in Jonesboro AR) for the past three years, has resigned and gone into business for himself. He now owns and operates the Trumann drive-in at Trumann, Ark.”

MichaelKilgore on March 9, 2023 at 2:33 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 18, 1950: (Memphis Film Row notes) “From Arkansas came … Paul Shafer, Poinsett Drive-In, Marked Tree”

Boxoffice, April 25, 1953: “Jimmie Singleton, Marked Tree, Ark., … has purchased the Poinsett Drive-In, Marked Tree, from Paul Shaffer and Robert Bradley. Singleton already owns and operates the New and Star at Marked Tree, the Tyro at Tyronza, Grand and Trumann Drive-In at Trumann, Ark.”

Kenmore on March 10, 2023 at 4:49 am

Can’t say exactly when the drive-in closed. But the 1973 aerial does show it intact, yet starting to become overgrown with vegetation. Just three years later it is in really bad shape with the screen appearing to be down. By 1985, it had bee fully demolished.

My guess is that the drive-in closed sometime in the mid to late 1960s. Long before the overpass was built.

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