- Anthony (Harper County) Kansas
Star-Vue Drive-in: DARK
located at 72 State Highway 14 North
(aka: 72 N. Harper County Avenue)
Solo screen with a capacity for a couple hundred
cars, which had remained lit here for half a century
(aside from storm damage that shut it down in '95).
In recent years they were open on weekends only, from
May-October, screening a single feature each nite.
There's been no view of the stars here though
for a couple of years (still dark, since 2003).
- Coffeyville (Montgomery County) Kansas
Tal's Drive-in Theatre:
formerly located on Cline Road
Tal's had been in operation every year consecutively
since 1949. But after having remained lit for more than
50 consecutive seasons, Season 2K was its last (effective
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000). The Drive-in property was acquired
by the local school system (but is there a Lesson in that?!).
- Dodge City (Ford County) Kansas
South Drive-in: 620-225-4301
located at 1019 West McArtor Road
First lit back in 1947, this is the state's oldest
operating outdoor cinema .. an old fashioned
solo screen Drive-in, with a capacity for up to
300 cars; open seasonally, April thru October.
Showing double features on one of the largest
screens. Movie audio provided with AM & FM
radio (and with pole speakers still functioning);
open on weekends only (Friday-Saturday-Sunday).
Admission: $10 per carload covers all passengers.
- El Dorado (Butler County) Kansas
Star Vu Drive-in: 316-321-2444
located on the east side of Route E1 (RR1)
The second-oldest Drive-in which has remained
operating in Kansas, is this solo screen, which
was first lit back in 1949, for up to 300 cars.
Their screen is usually lit with a double feature
and audio is provided by (96.7 FM) radio broadcast.
Admission: $6 for ages 12&up; $1 ages 6-11 5 and & under free.
NOTE: For several weeks there's been a view
of the stars right-thru the screen .. after damage
caused by a tornado on June 10th (2005). Things
have been patched-up, and as of August 12th, the
Drive-in is open again on weekends only; Fridays
and Saturdays, for the remainder of Season 2005.
- Gas (Allen County) Kansas
54 Drive-in: 620-365-7676
located on Highway 54, 1 mile east of town
Solo screen Drive-in which has been lit since
the late 50's heyday of America's Drive-ins,
which has a capacity for up to 300 cars.
see: Gas, Kansas
- Kanopolis (Ellsworth County) Kansas
Kanapolis Drive-in: 785-472-4786
located at 804 North Kansas Avenue
Solo screen, which was first lit back during the
early years of America's Drive-in boom in 1952,
and has remained in continuous operation; with
a capacity for up to 750 cars. Screening double
features, seasonally, April thru September.
- Kansas City (Wyandotte County) Kansas
Boulevard Drive-in Theatre: 913-262-0392
located at 1051 Merriam Lane (near I-35)
First lit on June 30th, 1950 (under present management
since 1984); exceptionally well-maintained Dr'in; featuring the
traditional speakers for nostalgia fans & DTS digital sound + FM
Dolby stereo (March-Oct); 'SwapShop' flea mkt here on wknds.
The Boulevard Drive-in was the first Dr'in to install DTS audio;
Freq: FM (89.7) radio. Admission: $7 person for ages 12 & up.
On Friday & Saturday nites they offer a bonus triple screening.
- Medicine Lodge (Barber County) Kansas
Pageant Drive-in: 620-886-5358 / 800-956-6843
located on Highway 160 (1½ miles east of town)
This solo screen was first lit back in 1953 - tho
not in continuous operation all these years. It
was restored and revived, with both traditional
pole speakers operating, as well as an FM radio
broadcast of the movies' soundtrack. Screening
a single feature, seasonally, May thru September.
- Ness City (Ness County) Kansas
Star Drive-in: DARK
located on Highway 283 North
- Norton (Norton County) Kansas
Sunset Drive-in: DARK
located at 215 East Main Street
- Osawatomie (Miami County) Kansas
Midway Drive-in: 913-755-2325
located at 29591 West 327th Street (Route 5) ..
mid-way between Osawatomie and Paola, Kansas
and, mid-way between I-35 and the Missouri line)
The smallest of Kansas' operating Drive-ins,
this solo screen has a capacity for 240 cars.
Screening double features, seasonally, April-
Sept; and still using traditional pole speakers.
Admission: $5.75 (ages 12&up); $1 for ages 3-11.
- Paola (see: Osawatomie)
- Wellington (Sumner County) Kansas
Chisholm Trail Drive-in: GONE
formerly located on Route 1 @ 1850 East 16th
(3 miles from Highway 60)
At the time of its opening in May of 1950,
the Chisholm Trail was reported as having
the largest outdoor screen in all of Kansas.
Their screen remained lit for 51 consecutive
seasons, finally going dark on the last wknd
of September, 2001, the property having been
acquired by the local school district.
- Wichita (Sedgewick County) Kansas
Starlite Twin Drive-in: 316-524-3267
located at 3900 South Hydraulic St @ MacArthur
(3 blks from Hydraulic St. exit (Exit 2) off I-135
Wichita once had as many Drive-in theatres as are
currently operating throughout the entire state of
Kansas. There is some compensation and solace,
by the fact that Wichita's sole remaining outdoor
picture show is an exemplary Drive-in experience.
It is also the largest of the state's Drive-in theatres,
with two screens and a capacity for up to 1300 cars.
The Starlite's twins are lit with double features, and
on Friday and Saturday nites, a bonus triple feature, for
one admission price. Audio is provided with a local FM
radio broadcast, as well as traditional pole speakers.
Admission: $7 (12&up); ages 7-11 $1; 6 & under free
(in spring and fall they feature a carload rate: $10/car).