Riverside Drive-In

2501 NW Platte Drive,
Riverside, MO 64150

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp.

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Riverside Drive-In

Located in Riverside, to the north of Kansas City, MO. The Riverside Drive-In opened on July 22, 1948 with Maria Montez in “Pirates of Monterey”. Car capacity for the two screens was 900. It was initially owned by Commonwealth Theatres. The drive-in closed in 1980 and was later demolished.

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Kenmore on October 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Here is a possible location for the drive in; https://goo.gl/maps/kyCoU

jpr88 on August 16, 2015 at 1:56 pm

I know it was still opened at least til the end od the 70s but it doesnt appear in any of the movie ads from the newspaper from 81 and beyond.

jwmovies on December 10, 2016 at 12:46 am

The address for this Drive-in is 2501 NW Platte Rd, Riverside, MO 64150.

Larry’s Nursery is next to where the entrance road was located.

Please update.

DavidZornig on April 13, 2019 at 9:41 pm

April 1952 photo added courtesy Missouri’s Historic Highways Facebook page.

MichaelKilgore on October 5, 2021 at 10:32 am

Boxoffice, July 17, 1948: “Opening of the new Riverside Drive-In, being built by Commonwealth Theatres on the site of the old racetrack northwest of North Kansas City, delayed by frequent rains, has been set for July 22”

Boxoffice, July 24, 1948: “KANSAS CITY — The Riverside Drive-In on highway 71 northwest of North Kansas City, third ozoner to be launched by the Commonwealth Amusement Corp., was opened last Thursday night (22). Situated on the site of the old race track in Platte county, the new 900-car drive-in is equipped with in-car speakers and a new type of all-wood screen said to be one of the largest in the United States. Features of the new open-air theatre include a playground for children, refreshment stands and novel color-lighted decorative effects. Since many patrons must cross the Fairfax toll bridge on the highway between their homes and the drive-in site, a round trip passage coupon will be presented at the boxoffice to any applicant as he leaves. Construction of the new open-air theatre was supervised by Jack Braunagel, manager of the drive-in division of the Commonwealth circuit. Paul Stonum is manager.”

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