Southland Drive-In

3130 S. Westwood Boulevard,
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

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Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres, Rodgers Theatres

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The Southland Drive-In was opened by Rodgers Theatres on October 13, 1965 with Glenn Ford in “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”. In December 1966 it was taken over by Kerasotes Theatre and was the smaller of the two drive-ins they operated in Poplar Bluff. The car capacity was 200 and the drive-in closed at the end of the 1978 season.

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MichaelKilgore on May 16, 2020 at 9:24 pm

An Associated Press story, carried in the Sedalia Democrat on Dec. 19, 1966, said that two of the theaters that Kerasotes Theatres of Springfield IL had purchased from Rodgers Theatres of Cairo IL were the Rodgers indoor and Rodgers Drive-In in Poplar Bluff.

rivest266 on May 11, 2023 at 9:57 am

Opened October 14th, 1965. Grand opening ad posted.

Kenmore on May 11, 2023 at 10:53 pm

A closer address is 3130 S Westwood Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO.

A 1975 aerial shows the drive-in (what can be seen in the photo) intact and apparently operational. By 1984, the screen had been torn down and most of the property demolished save for the projection booth/concession stand which may still be standing today.

Today, the property is occupied by Rightway Homes. It is less than a half-mile from where the Poplar Bluff Drive-In was located.

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