Westport Drive-In

401 S. West Street,
Wichita, KS 67202

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Westport Drive-In

The Westport Drive-In was opened on August 27, 1953 with Farley Granger in “Roseanna McCoy” & Errol Flynn in “Rocky Mountain”. It was closed on September 2, 1979 with Walt Disney’s animation feature “The Jungle Book” & Dennis Duggan in “Unidentified Flying Oddball”.

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kwilkin1962 on September 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

The Westport opened on June 26, 1953. It’s first showings were “Roseanna McCoy”, starring Farley Granger, and “Rocky Mountain”, starring Errol Flynn.

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Drive-In 54 on November 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

I uploaded the Westport DI aerial from Facebook. Alot people here are not FB users.

airkingonebay on August 27, 2016 at 12:43 pm

I just uploaded 2 photos of the very first drive in speaker style used at the Westport Drive in Theater…Awesome!!! enjoy…

RedSkin68 on January 3, 2017 at 11:08 am

I worked at Westport,and was asst. manager for awhile, 1966-1968 under Mr. Gary. Made good friends.

MadMichael on September 1, 2017 at 3:55 am

This drive-in was one-half mile from my house growing up, and directly across the street from my elementary school. My Dad helped build it, and for years we received an annual ‘Courtesy Card’ for admission at 15-cents per carload. After a few years it went up to 25-cents. As you can imagine, for that price we went there often. One thing I remember about the playground was the lightpole would give a medium-sized electrical shock when you grabbed it. Good times!!

MichaelKilgore on August 9, 2019 at 7:02 pm

A couple of names, from the Jan. 11, 1960 issue of BoxOffice: “Kansas exhibitors seen on (Film) Row early last week included Al McClure and Woody Barritt of the Westport Drive-In, Wichita.”

rivest266 on January 28, 2021 at 11:55 am

Closed at the end of the 1979 season.

rivest266 on April 13, 2021 at 8:42 am

The Westport Drive-In opened on August 27th, 1953. Grand opening ad posted.

dallasmovietheaters on November 4, 2022 at 8:47 pm

Closed September 2, 1979 with a Disney double-feature of “The Jungle Book” and “Unidentified Flying Oddball”. A classified ad listed the theater contents for sale just prior to its demolition

davidcoppock on November 5, 2022 at 12:55 am

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