166 Drive-In

1320 W. Madison Avenue,
Arkansas City, KS 67005

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166 Drive-In

Located on W. Madison Avenue, also known as State Highway 166.

The 166 Drive-In was opened in 1948 and closed in 1958, but reopened in 1960, continuing into at least 1964.

Contributed by Mike Gilstrap

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Mike, here is a bit more info for you. In 1956 it parked 400 cars and was owned by Fred Munson. There was an Ark – View Drive-in also in that town in Kansas.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 1, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Anyone have the crossroad with Highway 166, are any remains of the drive-in left?

As far as I can find out it opened in 1948 and I know it was open in 1967.

wmu81 on April 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

Located behind what is now Westside Lawn & ATV Service at 1320 W Madison Ave (US-166)

MichaelKilgore on August 12, 2019 at 3:59 pm

“Fred Munson is busily engaged in refurbishing the 166 Drive-In at Arkansas City, preparatory to opening it this spring after two seasons during which it has been idle.” — Boxoffice, Feb. 22, 1960

“Fred Munson … who lives at Arkansas City, has just reopened the 166 Drive-In which has been closed for two years. Extensive remodeling was done which included three pairs of CinemaScope lenses.” — Boxoffice, April 18, 1960

Kenmore on August 12, 2019 at 10:28 pm

There seems to be virtually nothing of the drive-in remaining, save perhaps for the concession stand, projection booth. That may still be in place, although it appears to be quite ragged.

MichaelKilgore on July 19, 2021 at 9:24 pm

Boxoffice, Aug. 10, 1964: “Fred Munson, Arkansas City … has sold his 166 Drive-In to Clara Bullard, who operates the Airview (sic) there.”

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