Fox 50 Drive-In

11000 W. 87th Street,
Lenexa, KS 66214

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Previously operated by: Fox Midwest Theatres, Mann Theatres, National General Theatres

Previous Names: New 50 Amphitheatre Drive-In

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Fox 50 Drive-In with Church Services and Swap N Shop

The New 50 Amphitheatre Drive-In was opened July 10, 1953 with John Wayne in “Trouble Along the Way” & Audie Murphy in “Kansas Raiders”. It was located on the northeast corner of W. 87th Street and I35 in western Overland Park or eastern Lenexa, KS. It was later renamed Fox 50 Drive-In. It was closed at the end of the 1977 season.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 4, 2011 at 7:46 am





11000 WEST 87th STREET

W. 87th Street and I35 puts it down on the Map South on W 87th TERRACE? Overland Parkway/Switzer Bypass/69 goes over part of the former Drive-In. The Drive-In was in Lenexa. That small area East of I35 and North of 87th Street is NOT part of Overland Park even though those business use an Overland Park adress.

Open ~1950-~1980? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

I know it was called the New 50 in 1967.


1969 Fox Intermountain

1975-1980 Mann Theaters Corporation of California

? National General Theaters

More info and photos are always welcome.

JoelWeide on February 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

At one time I worked in the district office for Mann out of Wichita, Kansas. However this theatre would have been in the adjacent district. I do not recall Mann operating a drive-in in the Kansas City area, although I could be mistaken. On the dates listed above, if Fox Intermountain and Mann operated this drive in, then NGC would have operated it in the dates in between. I am curious if anyone else has any information about this property.

WTKFLHN on July 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I know that Fox got some relief from the feds around 1960 or so, from the anti-trust suit in the 1940’s. The acquired the New 50 drive in, and one in the Topeka, Ks area. I can’t recall the name of the drive-in in Topeka, but I did work there as assistant concession stand manager. But it was a part time job, and I couldn’t support myself on what I was making. So, I had to drop it in favor of my day-job. And it was Fox Midwest, not Intermountain.

Don H.

rivest266 on May 6, 2018 at 7:46 am

This opened on July 10th, 1953 as the New 50 Amphitheatre Drive-In. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

davidcoppock on January 4, 2020 at 10:03 pm

Also opened with a Bugs Bunny cartoon(not named), and World news.

MichaelKilgore on April 1, 2024 at 7:33 pm

This drive-in advertised as the “New 50 Drive-In” in the 1960 St. Teresa’s Academy yearbook, the Avila.

kennerado on April 2, 2024 at 4:04 am

Closed after the 1977 season.

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