US 36 and Road 19,
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Previous Names: Drive-In
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The Hays (KS) Daily News wrote, “The Atwood Drive-In opened in the summer of 1953 with a showing of "Robin Hood” It must have been late-summer, because The Exhibitor wrote on August 26, 1953, “Don Skalous, Dr. E. L. Warta, and Arden Holthus started to build a drive-in near Atwood, Kans".
Listed as Drive-In, the Atwood first appeared in the 1955-56 Theatre Catalog, capacity 260 cars, owner Arden Holthus. The Motion Picture Almanac series listed the owner as A. Holthus through 1966. The owner was Edmundson in the 1977-79 MPA editions, and the Atwood fell off the MPA list in 1980, though a 1980 aerial photo showed the drive-in intact.
The occasion of the July 13, 2003 Daily News article was the toppling of the screen in a windstorm the weekend before.
The Atwood Drive-In was about a mile west of town on US 36 at the northwest intersection of a road shown as RD 19 on Google Street View. The original driveway and a few hints of ramps are all that is left.
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Boxoffice, Sept. 19, 1953: “The Atwood Drive-In Co. has opened its new 284-car at Atwood, Kas. It is equipped for 3-D”