Airport Drive-In

5200 E. 31st Street,
Wichita, KS 67210

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Previously operated by: Peerless Theatres

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Airport Drive-In

The Airport Drive-In opened on August 29, 1947 with Walter Brennan in “Home in Indiana”. The Airport Drive-In is listed in the 1961 International Motion Picture Almanac with a car capacity of 600. The owner/booker listed for that year was Peerless Theatres.

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

In looking at the aerial this address is closer..S. Bunker Hill & E 31st St. Wichita, KS 67210

Lyndon on September 4, 2016 at 3:56 am

The Planeview Facebook group has a thread of memories about the Airport Drive-In.

jwmovies on September 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm

The address for this drive in was 5200 E 31st St S, Wichita, KS 67210. Now Elf Daycare and housing.

Please update.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 29, 2016 at 6:23 pm

The address listed is the same location as the Elf Day center. Cross streets are better at times.

jwmovies on February 16, 2019 at 10:33 pm

To clarify: The address I gave is correct.

5200 E 31st St S, Wichita KS 67210.

The reason I gave this address is because it points DIRECTLY to the theater’s entrance road. Cross streets do not paint the complete picture. People in this area may want to know EXACTLY where you would enter the drive in present day with the help of historical aerials. BTW Elf Daycare is now permanently closed.

Please update.

rivest266 on April 6, 2021 at 8:15 am

Grand opening ad posted. It opened with “Home in Indiana”

MichaelKilgore on October 13, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Boxoffice, Sept. 6, 1947: “WICHITA— This city’s second drive-in theatre, the Air Port Drive-In, opened last Friday night to a near-capacity crowd. The 700-car open-airer, located within a few minutes of the municipal air terminal, is owned by Peerless Theatres, Inc., representing C. C. McCollister and associates. Merle Barnes is managing director of the theatre. Constructed under the Louis Josserand patents, claiming 30 percent more capacity for a given area, the double-ramp drive-in was equipped by National Theatre Supply Co., Kansas City. Features are Simplex E-7 projectors with Hy-Candescent lamps for the 52-foot screen and Simplex in-car speakers. Power for booth equipment is furnished by a 40-horsepower generator. Signs were built by the Rich Signs Co. of this city. McCollister also owns and operates the Odom Drive-In in Oklahoma City and the Nomar Theatre here. Wichita’s other drive-in, a Sullivan location, opened a year ago. The Sullivan firm is building this city’s third open-airer, to open soon on highway 54.”

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