Frontier Drive-In

19775 W. 320th Street,
Bethany, MO 64424

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Previously operated by: Kerr Theatres

Styles: Rustic

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Frontier Drive-In

The Frontier Drive-In was opened on July 17, 1953 with Joel McRea in “The Lone Hand”. It had a 300 car capacity and was operated by Kerr Theatres. They also operated the Noll Theatre in Bethany. It was closed around 1981.

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rivest266 on August 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

USGS aerial photo uploaded.

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Drive-In 54 on August 3, 2013 at 10:32 am


promom2014 on June 17, 2014 at 5:40 am

Frontier drive in closed up 2-3 yrs before 1985. I believe it closed in 1981or 1982. It closed when i was in 1st or 2nd grade.the theater uotown burned from retirement home funeral next door in 1983. Drive in was already closed then

MichaelKilgore on July 30, 2019 at 11:58 am

The Frontier Drive-In was opened in July 1953 according to a note about the 25th anniversary of E. W. Kerr’s Bethany theaters reported in the July 30, 1962 issue of BoxOffice. Frestle Chenoweth was the manager since the Frontier opened. “The screen at the Frontier was replaced following the tornado-like wind of September 1959.”

MichaelKilgore on January 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm

The May 8, 1954 issue of Boxoffice ran a lengthy article with photos of the Frontier, focusing on the rustic look created by lodge pole pine shipped in from Colorado. “The full-size logs were nailed together with 13-inch nail spikes, then caulking compound was used to seal the cracks between them. They are not finished on the inside, but intentionally left rough. On the outside the logs were given a coat of linseed oil and later varnished.”

dallasmovietheaters on September 2, 2022 at 4:32 am

Grand Opening for the Frontier Drive-In was on July 17, 1953 with Joel McCrea and Barbara Hale in “The Lone Hand” supported by three Warner Bros. cartoons.

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