1485 Old Highway 4,
1485 Old Highway 4,Council Grove, KS 66846
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Boxoffice, April 19, 1976: “COUNCIL GROVE, KAS. – Mr. and Mrs. Cle Bratton, who have operated theatre here the past 42 years, announce the recent sale of the Chief Drive-In to Mr. and Mrs. Davy Picolet who plan some remodeling work for the theatre before its early May opening.”
Opened as the Chief Drive-In on April 29, 1953 with “All Ashore.” Mrs. Cle Barton sold the theatre following the 1975 season with new operators Mr. and Mrs. Davy Picolet relaunching on May 7, 1976 as the Ritz Drive-In Theatre with “Hearts of the West” and “Westworld”. It closed on September 25, 1983 as the Ritz Drive-In Theatre at the end of a thirty year lease and didn’t reopen the following season. 82 mph winds destroyed the vacant theatre in 1986.