Rose Drive-In

801 E. Roosevelt Road,
Little Rock, AR 72206

1000 cars

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The Rose Drive-In was (under construction) in 1953/1954 and was operated by G.W. Jones. It was still open in 1957. It was later twinned and had been demolished by 1970.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Kenmore on November 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm

A better address is 801 E Roosevelt Rd, Little Rock, AR, which is currently the location of a Family Dollar store that sits at what use to be the entrance to the drive-in.

A 1970 aerial photo reveals that the Rose Drive-In was twinned at some point. Also, it appears to have been demolished well before 1970.

While most of the property is empty, there is no trace of the drive-in remaining.

Kenmore on March 31, 2023 at 8:09 pm

A 1955 aerial of the drive-in shows it to be twinned. So it may have started off as a twin which was rather unusual in 1955. However, what is odd about the 1955 and 1960 aerial is that the drive-in does not appear to have a projection booth/concession stand.

There is a large patch of white that sits where a projection booth/concession stand should be, but there is nothing on it. And there does not appear to be a fence, ticket booth, or marquee in either the 1955 or 1960 aerial.

The 1960 aerial shows that the south screen is now a widescreen as opposed to the square screen present in 1955.

Perhaps, and this is strictly a guess, the drive-in had yet to be completed by the 1955 aerial. But was completed and opened at some point later. Only to be shut down in 1960 for the screens to be replaced.

But that doesn’t explain the lack of a projection booth/concession stand. And since the ground around the center of the property looks unchanged, it appears that even by 1960 it had yet to be built.

So, was this drive-in ever opened? And if so, what years can be confirmed that it was opened?

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