Mo-Kan Drive-In

863 S. Main Street,
Fort Scott, KS 66701

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Mo-Kan Drive-In

Located in Fort Scott, Kansas, the Mo-Kan Drive in was opened by 1950 and was operated by Chet Borg, who operated it until at least 1955. It was still open in 1970.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Wish I had more on this Drive-in they had nice ads in the Fort Scott paper,so they advetising money.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Do have a bit more,It parked 300 cars and was owned in 1956 by Chet Borg.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Did this Drive-in go by the name of Fox Drive-in in Fort Scott?

jwmovies on October 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 863 S Main St.

jsheehy454 on July 5, 2014 at 11:26 pm

The address given above is not correct. The drive-in was located about 1 ½ miles south of Fort Scott on 69 Hwy. Copy and paste these coordinates 37.784050, -94.703707 in Google maps and you will see the location. The projector house is still there and the screen sat at a diagonal in the southwest corner of the lot. As far as I know it was always called Mo-Kan Drive-in. The Liberty Theatre downtown used to be known as the FOX Theater and later the FOX Twin Cinema. The old drive-in is now owned by Fort Scott Community College and is used for truck driving school.

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Drive-In 54 on July 6, 2014 at 12:59 am

Using 37.784050, -94.703707 and 863 S Main St. in goggle maps it locates to the same location. Sometimes goggle maps can off also.

jsheehy454 on July 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Yes, I agree about Google maps. 863 S Main would be somewhere in the vicinity of 9th and Main downtown Fort Scott. Try 863 U.S. 69 Fort Scott, KS. This also points to the same location.

MichaelKilgore on March 11, 2021 at 3:05 pm

Boxoffice, July 2, 1955: “Chet Borg’s Mo-Kan Drive-In at Fort Scott, Kas., was "attacled” by Cougar jet planes on a recent Sunday afternoon. The public was invited to attend free and saw Borg “fight back” with a 21-gun aerial salute. The planes “attacked” from a height of 2,000 feet. That night Borg showed “An Annapolis Story” and Navy recruiting circulars were distributed during the day. Borg said when he heard the Navy planes were making a tactical training flight in the vicinity, he booked the picture and made the “attack” arrangement. The planes came from the nearby Olathe, Kas., training base."

Kenmore on November 5, 2021 at 5:20 pm

863 South Main Street, Fort Scott, KS is a good alternate address that works on Google Maps. The one with US-69 put the location east of Dallas, Texas for some reason when I entered it.

It should be noted that Hickory Road was the entrance road to the drive-in. At least the first 75 feet of it from US-69.

Today there is nothing left of the drive-in. It seems to be a parking area for a truck driving school.

Kenmore on April 17, 2023 at 9:48 pm

A 1957 aerial shows the drive-in operational. It was still intact and perhaps operational in 1981.

By 1991, the drive-in had been demolished with only the projection booth/concession stand still intact.

By 2002, the projection booth/concession stand was gone. At this point, its use was clearly part of a truck driving school as mentioned in an earlier post.

That use has seemingly ended as the field is now mostly overgrow and the trails created for the truck have disappeared. It is now an empty field with no indication left that it was once a drive-in.

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