Mini Drive-In

4485 E. 7th Street,
Joplin, MO 64801

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Mini Drive-In

A “Cine-360” theater, built by the Mini-Art Operating Company in 1971 on E. 7th Street, Joplin, MO. A circular drive-in with 118 small individual screens arranged around a central concession/projection building. Ideal for the showing of adult films that could not be seen by passersby if surrounded by 3 to 5 foot fencing. Its single-reel automated projection equipment made for low-cost operation. It closed in 1985 and the remnants of the Mini-Art were still standing, hidden in a weedy field, as late as 2016.

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Kenmore on March 26, 2018 at 10:22 am

A closer address (at least for Google) is 4485 E 7th St. Joplin, MO.

This places it right on the property and you can still see the remnants of the drive-in which include the center platform, the ring, and what may be the remains of the ticket booth.

davidcoppock on March 26, 2018 at 6:44 pm

Was it small in size too?

davidcoppock on March 26, 2018 at 6:46 pm

The picture above looks like look the autoscope(?) Drive-in(Arizona?)?

davidcoppock on March 28, 2018 at 12:13 am

Correction, i meant the Circle Autoscope Drive-in in New Mexico.

Kris4077 on April 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Sort of looks like a crop circle with a round building at the center. would love to explore this D-I.

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