East Prairie Drive-In

4000 Missouri 105,
East Prairie, MO 63845

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Previously operated by: Co-Operative Theaters

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East Prairie Drive-In

The East Prairie Drive-In opened on March 25, 1954 with Fernando Lamas in “Jivaro”(aka Lost Treasure of the Amazon). It parked 350 cars. It was operated by Earl Ferrell, Geraldine Twitty and Andy Dietz. Dietz was the buying and booking agent for Co-Operative Theatres. He was also in the partnership operating the Home of the Stars Drive-In and the Delta Drive-In both in Sikeston, MO and the Parkview Drive-In, in Jackson, MO. The East Prairie Drive-In closed around 1970.

This address is little off. It is farther north on 105.

Contributed by Randy Studer

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Chris1982 on August 10, 2014 at 1:52 am

This drive-in is not listed prior to 1955 and it is still listed as open in 1970.

davidcoppock on November 16, 2018 at 3:19 am

Opened on 13/5/1954 with “The moonlighter”.

MichaelKilgore on June 16, 2020 at 12:40 pm

Motion Picture Exhibitor, May 23, 1962: “East Prairie Drive-In, East Prairie, Mo., was taken over April 1 by Clyde Gregory. The former owner was Mrs. G. McGee.”

MichaelKilgore on September 15, 2021 at 12:27 pm

The East Prairie opened on March 25, 1954, based on articles in Sikeston MO’s Daily Standard. It was owned by Earl Ferrell and Geraldine Twitty, and its playground included “rides, hobby horses, swings, pony ride and other features.” The opening program was a Bugs Bunny cartoon review and the film “Jivaro,” starring Fernando Lamas.

24 Mar 1954, Wed The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri) Newspapers.com

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