Tri-City Drive-In

16621 US Highway 412,
Springdale, AR 72764

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Tri-City Drive-In

Built by the Mini-Art Operating Co. of Joplin, MO in 1971, Warren St. Clair, president. It was located “five miles east of Springdale on Highway 68”. The Tri-City Drive-In was opened on November 11, 1971 with Stacey Walker in “The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill”. With 120 small individual screens, the adult films usually featured could not be seen by passersby. The film was projected through a system of mirrors and prisms to each screen individually. The Tri-City Drive-In featured radio sound at 660 AM, and was the third such drive-in built in the U.S. It closed after 1977. The last advertisement found appeared August 4, 1977.

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Kenmore on March 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is 16621 US-412, Springdale, AR. You can see the circular layout of the drive-in clearly on a 1980 aerial. It should be noted that this section of US 68 was replaced by US-412.

Today, it is private property, but you can still see remnants of the circle or ring of the drive-in.

kennerado on July 4, 2020 at 10:49 pm

Opened on November 11th 1971 with “The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill”.

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