Carol Drive-In

Highway 24 and County Road 271,
Carrollton, MO 64633

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp.

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Carol Drive-In

The Carol Drive-In opened by 1953 when it was operated by Charles Payson Jr. The drive-in parked 280 cars and by 1960 was operated by Commonwealth Theatres. The drive-in was still listed as open in 1980.

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Kenmore on October 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

All traces of the drive in are gone.

MichaelKilgore on May 1, 2021 at 2:09 pm

This note from the Feb. 22, 1960 issue of BoxOffice is phrased as if the Carol had opened earlier: “Charles and Mildred Payson, who have the Carol Drive-In at Carrollton, were on (Film) Row recently with the word that they will open their drive-in for the summer on April 8.”

Boxoffice, May 30, 1960: “The reopened Carol Drive-In has undergone a face-lifting during recent weeks. A new tile floor on the concession stand, refinishing of the restrooms, several technical changes in booth equipment and a layer of new rock on the ramps and roadways have improved the situation.”

MichaelKilgore on May 3, 2021 at 7:08 am

The April 22, 1953 issue of the Exhibitor included “Charles Payson, Jr., Carol Drive-In, Carrollton, Mo.” in its list of visitors to Kansas City’s Film Row, so the drive-in must have opened by then.

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