B & B Twin Drive-In

Missouri 291 and E. Kentucky Road,
Independence, MO 64058

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davidcoppock on March 16, 2019 at 1:18 am

The marquee is seen at the begining of an episode of the tv series “American Pickers”( Cowzilla in Colorado).

davidcoppock on October 25, 2018 at 8:21 am

Whats does B & B( in B & B Theatres) stand for?

davidcoppock on October 25, 2018 at 7:12 am

Opened on 24/11/1965 with on screen 1 with “Harum scarum” and “Zebra in the kitchen” and “Mirage” and on screen 2 with “Red line 7000”, and “Fluffy” and “One-Eyed Jacks”. 1600 cars. Playground removed in 2002. Digital projectors opened on both screens in 2014.

MichaelKilgore on April 14, 2017 at 8:30 am

My 1969 IMPA erroneously lists the “Twin I & II” under Kansas City MO, capacity 1700. That error persisted through at least the 1976 edition. The 1982 edition was more accurate, listing it in Independence with 2 x 850 capacity.

rivest266 on July 30, 2015 at 10:27 am

Grand opening ad in photo section.

jwmovies on December 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

Above address does not map properly. Use Missouri 291 & E Kentucky Rd, Independence, MO 64058.

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Neat looking marquee.

kencmcintyre on May 5, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Here is a photo from a couple of years ago:

Aparofan on January 17, 2009 at 4:17 am

Here are some shots I took yesterday while it was snowing outside.

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Aparofan on July 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Here’s the opening day ad from the 11/24/65 KC Star.

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And here’s an opening soon ad from the 11/12/65 KC Star.

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Aparofan on May 23, 2008 at 4:04 pm

I went and saw Indy 4 at the Twin and took some pictures.

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Aparofan on January 31, 2008 at 7:05 am

Globe operates the Twin now. It’s on 291 Hwy and Kentucky Rd. so that address sounds right. The address above is for the old Independence Square theater, which is now called the Pharoah.

Aparofan on January 31, 2008 at 6:33 am

It doesn’t look like the arch to me but I guess it could have been inspired by it. I think the theater opened in 1965 or 66. I’m not sure. I’m trying to track down the opening date by going through the K.C. Star microfilm but I haven’t found it yet.

kschneiderstl on January 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Is it really supposed to be a replica of the St. Louis Arch? Anyone know what year this theater was built? The St. Louis arch wasn’t completed until 1965, long after the Drive-in boom, although there still were a few being built then.
I’ve seen photos of the Twin and the 1-70. Their arches appear to be four sided and red with illuminated white tiles, while the St. Louis arch is three sided and all silver in color (stainless steel actually). This arch is also alot wider in comparison to its height than the St. Louis arch.

Either way this theater is awesome and I hope to go there this summer.

Aparofan on June 24, 2007 at 2:51 pm

My wife and I go here as often as we can. It’s a great moviegoing experience. I used to go here all the time growing up and it hasn’t changed that much in the past 30 years. It needs a little upkeep and half the speakers don’t work and there’s a small chunk missing in the corner on screen #2 but that’s somewhat minor. I’m still glad the place is still open. They draw big crowds on weekends which is great to see.

sawblade5 on January 8, 2006 at 8:02 pm

I believe the total capacity of this DI is 1400 as listed:
Screen 1 800 cars
Screen 2 600 cars

This is one of 5 Kansas City Area DIs that feature the Miniature St. Louis Style Arch and is also 1 of 4 DI’s that featured the same style of Blue Marquee that said Twin or State on it.

The other theatres that featured the St. Louis Arch replica was:
North Twin DI in Riverside, MO
South Twin DI in Olathe, KS
State Twin DI in Kansas City, KS
I-70 DI in Kansas City, MO