Fairyland Twin Drive-In

7650 Prospect Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64132

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Architects: John C. Monroe

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Fairyland Twin Drive-In Marquee

The Fairyland Twin Drive-In opened August 23, 1961 with Claudette Colbert in in “Parrish” & Rock Hudson in “The Last Sunset”. A second screen was added in 1969. It closed in the 1987. It was razed to make way for an apartment complex. Capacity was about 1,500 cars.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2011 at 6:51 am

The biographical listing of architect John C. Monroe in the 1962 AIA Directory lists the Fairyland Drive-In, Kansas City, Mo., as one of his 1961 projects.

The drive-in was associated with an adjacent amusement park, Fairyland Park, which dated back to the 1920s. Here is a 1987 photo of the drive-in’s sign and attraction board, by Flickr user Darrell James.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Approx. address (at least the entrance) for this drive-in was 7650 Prospect Ave. What was unusual (besides the amusement park) was the entrance was on Prospect while the screens were at Indiana Ave. several blocks away (one at E. 75th where Paige Elementary school is now located, the other at E. 77th with some condos there now). There’s a freeway in between now.

MovieSnob
MovieSnob on June 28, 2013 at 1:16 am

During its last years, The Fairyland programmed pretty much the same thing each week—martial arts on one screen and soft-core adult on the other. Once past the box office and down the long driveway, the theater had two tiny marquees over the driveways as they split, one reading “Fu” and the other “X”. Well, I found that amusing anyway.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

Upload some aerials showing the amusement park and drive-in. Also, the expressway going through the middle of it.

jpr88
jpr88 on August 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

There is a site called Historic Aerials NETR Online. You can type in Kansas city, then enable the road overlays and find the locations of all of our drive ins, past and present. It has overhead pics from various years, as well as Topo maps. By the photo from 1969 it looks like Fairyland was already a twin by then.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 30, 2015 at 10:24 am

August 23rd, 1961 grand opening ad in photo section.

Tp
Tp on September 22, 2018 at 10:53 pm

Added a 2nd screen in 1969 15THh K.C. Drive In To Open 15TH Area Drive In To Close 26 Years Open Closed in 1987

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 3, 2020 at 12:48 pm

The April 8, 1963 issue of Boxoffice ran a two-page article, with photos, of the Fairyland’s 50x50-foot playground, unusual in that it was designed only for small children. The article said the drive-in opened without a playground but added it, next to the concession stand, in Spring 1962.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on December 1, 2020 at 6:41 am

Opened on 23/8/1961 with “Parrish” and “The last sunset”.

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