Drive-In Theatre

801 N. Martin Avenue,
East Prairie, MO 63845

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Kenmore on September 16, 2021 at 3:48 am

In looking at the 1947 topo map and 1955 aerial, it appears that the location was developed for residential housing. That would’ve wiped out any trace of the drive-in.

It’s only a guess, but I imagine the drive-in sat closer to the highway than the address indicates. Whatever the case, by 1955 it was totally gone.

MichaelKilgore on September 15, 2021 at 9:47 pm

We often (rightfully) blame the Motion Picture Almanac for failing to notice drive-in closures over the years. How about the Film Daily Year Book, which continued to list East Prairie’s Drive-In as active through its 1948 edition.

dansdriveintheater on November 15, 2018 at 7:32 pm

this may have been the shortest lived drive-in to open before the drive-in boom. also the person who owned this theater couldn’t have come up with a more unique name.