Crest Drive-In

11400 Hickman Mills Drive,
Kansas City, MO 64134

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MichaelKilgore on November 3, 2020 at 10:47 am

A note in the April 1, 1950 issue of Boxoffice said that the Crest was Commonwealth’s first drive-in when it opened in 1948. At the time of the article, the circuit had grown to four active drive-ins with 11 more expected to open that year.

rivest266 on May 5, 2018 at 11:59 am

This opened on July 1st, 1948. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

cpurv69 on March 19, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Mike Rogers, there was a Majestic Theater in Kansas City. It was downtown. I saw a picture of it on facebook today but cannot find it now.

ChrisB on July 10, 2013 at 5:10 am

Look for the 1957 Robert Altman movie The Delinquents on the MGM Movie Channel – it was made on location around Kansas City, and one scene was shot at the Crest Drive-in.

jwmovies on September 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Address for this drive-in was 11400 Hickman Mills Drive.

rivest266 on August 6, 2012 at 7:22 am

Google maps it right when “Hickman Mills” is searched. This may had been in the town of Hickman Mills.

jpr88 on August 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm

On Drive The Crest is listed as holding 1550 cars.

jpr88 on July 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

There were about 20 Drive ins in the KC metro area in the late 70s. We still have 3. The Boulevard on the Kansas side and the I-70 in KCMO as well as the Twin in Independence.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Boy,Ken you are the first person I have come across that has heard of the “POPCORN KID”. Thanks.

kencmcintyre on April 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Here is an April 2000 review of “Popcorn Kid” from

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Does anyone know if there was a MAJESTIC THEATRE in Kansas City? reason I ask was there was a short lived TV series “THE POPCORN KID” and it took place in the MAJESTIC. I was wondering if like the creators of WKRP had worked it such a theatre because the stories were so close to theatre life. I am glad i was able to tape a few shows before it got the ax in the mid 80’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

That makes sense because Kansas City is larger than Augusta and we had 9 screens not including one in North Augusta and the five or six over in Aiken County,S.C. across the river.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm

IN 1956 it parked 1000 cars as written above,but it was owned by COMMONWEALTH THEATRES. Kansas City must not have been much of a Drive in town. Only 5 Drive-ins? COMMOMWEALTH owned quite a few screens in the SHOW ME STATE.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm

A big scene in Robert Altman’s first feature “The Delinquents” was filmed at this drive-in in 1956.