April 9: Phoenix Drive In, Houston MO

It’s Day 99 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. Deep in the Ozark Mountains, it took an hour and a half to drive from the 21 Drive In northeast of Van Buren MO to the Phoenix Drive In in Houston MO. According to Cinema Treasures, the Phoenix opened in 1951 as the Sunset Drive-In. It’s been the only drive-in Houston MO has ever known, but…

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April 8: 21 Drive In, Van Buren MO

It’s Day 98 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. It took an hour and a half to drive from the Starlite Drive-In Theatre west of Cadet to the 21 Drive In northeast of Van Buren MO. According to Cinema Treasures, the 21 opened in July 1952. Carload Flickr pool contributor Darren Snow wrote that he saw it closed and for sale, probably in…

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April 7: Starlite Drive-In Theatre, Cadet MO

It’s Day 97 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. I took the shortest route along twisty state highways, and it took just over an hour to drive from the 19 Drive-In in Cuba MO to the Starlite Drive-In Theatre west of Cadet. According to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Starlite opened in 1952. Sixteen years later, Terry Mercille bought…

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