Moonlight Drive-In

25936 MO-32,
Lebanon, MO 65536

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Moonlight Drive-In

The first note was in the July 30, 1949 issue of BoxOffice: “Clifford and Ralph Hough of Lebanon … are finishing construction of a 200-car drive-in on Route 32 five miles east of there”.

The 1948-50 Theatre Catalog included the Moonlight Drive-In, owner Ralph Hough, capacity 200. In the 1952-56 Catalogs, the owner was Clifford Hough, the capacity rose to 250 and 100 seats.

The Moonlight Drive-In appeared in the first Motion Picture Almanac drive-in list in the 1950-51 edition, owned by Ralph Hough Jr., capacity 148. The 1955-59 MPAs showed the Moonlight Drive-In’s owner as Clifford Hough. The Lebanon fell off the MPA list in 1960.

A 1955 aerial photo showed the little drive-in at the northwest corner of 32 and Highway B. The screen appeared to be gone in a 1959 aerial. Nothing remains of the Moonlight Drive-In today; a church occupies the site.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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MichaelKilgore on January 4, 2020 at 12:35 am

Boxoffice, July 11, 1953: “Clifford H. Hough of Lebanon … who opened the Moonlite Drive-In in 1949, sold it to W. T. Ash of Texas early in March.”

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