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66 Drive-In Theater17231 Old 66 Blvd., Carthage, MO
The open frame sections on each side of the screen house were added as part of widening the screen to accommodate the wide format Cinemascope movies sometime after 1953. The widened screen measures 48 x 95 feet.
The little glass block ticket booth only measures 5 x 9 feet. The roof is ringed with dual neon tubes.
The theater was host to a showing of the movie "CARS" during the 2013 Route 66 International Festival in nearby Joplin.
There were only 16 drive-in theaters in Missouri in 1948, but by 1954 there were 124 and that was the high point, by 1987 there were only 23 left in operation and by 2002 that number had fallen even farther to only 14.
The theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. It is located on the west side of Carthage on the 1930's alignment of Route 66.