Crest Drive-In

3111 E. 32nd Street,
Joplin, MO 64804

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp., Dickinson Theatres

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Crest Drive-In

Opened August 7, 1952 with Robert Taylor in “Ambush”. It was operated by Commonwealth Amusement. It was last operated by Dickinson Theatres and closed October 9, 1983.

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jwmovies on September 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Now Fletcher Hyundai. Approx. address was 3111 East 32nd Street.

MichaelKilgore on July 14, 2019 at 10:41 am

The first program at the Crest was Ambush, starring Robert Taylor, plus a Bugs Bunny cartoon, and “Sportlife – other novelties”.

MichaelKilgore on July 14, 2019 at 11:03 am

The Crest’s Grand Opening ad was definitely on Aug. 7, so the July 30, 1952 issue of The Exhibitor must have described a soft opening or an anticipated opening:

Jim Randall, news director, KFBS, Joplin, Mo., was one of the 50 entrants in the contest to name Commonwealth’s new drive-in. Randall’s selection was the Crest, and he won a $25 bond and a season’s pass for two.

The Crest Drive-In, Joplin, Mo., opened. Doyle Mowrey, city manager for Joplin’s two drive-ins, is handling. A fireworks display was held. Innovations include a self-service boxoffice, which will expedite collection of admissions from patrons. Covering approximately all of a 13-acre tract of land, the new drive-in will accommodate 500 cars. The spot plans to remain open until Thanksgiving Day. It is being operated by Commonwealth Theatres, Inc., operator of the Tri-State Drive-In on West Seventh Street. Morey will be city manager of the two theatres, serving in a supervisory capacity.

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