Quincy Drive-In Theatre
Photo from the Darren Snow collection
West Quincy MO
|Record #7530 |
Closed: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 500 cars|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.
Opened: September 1949; Closed in the 1980's. Capacity (initially): 500 cars.
This drive-in was founded to serve the town of Quincy, IL, right across the Mississippi River. The theatre was opened in 1949 by World Theatrical Entertainment. Robert J. Schmitt and Andy Dietz were listed as proprietors in the 1953 Theatre Catalog. When the Kerasotes chain took over operations in 1957, Ray Parker -- who had built the Broadway Drive-In in St. Louis and was also the Mayor of Brentwood -- was the lessee. The projection/concession building burned on Dec. 14, 1963, and a flood did $200,000 worth of damage in spring 1973. The drive-in had just added a second screen the previous October.
When the bridge to Quincy was being repaired, motorists had access to Missouri only during daylight hours -- so the drive-in shut down. Though the hiatus was meant to be temporary, the theatre never got back on its feet. Long after it closed, a 1993 flood put the last nail in the proverbial coffin.
The snack bar's roof is sagging precariously, but both screens still stand. The fancy marquee is long gone, but a nice "Exit" sign remains.
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