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Broadway Drive-In Theatre

1729 W Broadway
Columbia MO

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #8240  
 Opened: June 19, 1949
 Closed: 1974
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.

The Broadway suddenly appeared in Columbia Tribune ads on 6/19/49 ("The Mating of Millie"), with no accompanying article or even an indication that this was the theatre's first night.

The Broadway was another pet project of Commonwealth's Roy Tucker. The company built Columbia's first shopping center -- also called the Broadway -- on an adjoining lot in 1960.

Richard Ytell managed the ozoner from winter 1964 until the following summer, when he moved to the new Sky-Hi. A Webb City native, he got his start as an usher at the Uptown. He later managed that theatre in 1962, then the Hall in 1963; he served as the Missouri's house manager in 1964. He also spent nine months in 1963-1964 at a Commonwealth theatre in Lawrence, KS. He was replaced at the Broadway by Bob Birch.

When the Cinema was built next door in 1966, it took a chunk of the Broadway's lot. A decade later, the whole shebang was knocked down to make way for a Gerbes grocery store.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 4/11/2014.

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