Delta Drive-In

20797 U.S. 61,
Sikeston, MO 63801

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Previously operated by: Co-Operative Theaters, Malco Theatres Inc.

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Delta Drive-In

The Delta Drive-In opened July 4, 1949 with Maria Montez in “Ali BAba and the Forty Thieves”. The drive-in parking ramp could hold 450 cars. It was operated by Miss G. Twitty and Andy Dietz. Andy Dietz was a buying and booking agent for Co-Operative Theatres. He was also in the partnership operating the Home of the Stars Drive-In, in Sikeston and Parkview Drive-In Theatres in Jackson, MO.

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Drive-In 54 on May 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

It was operated by Malco Theatres,Inc 1975-1986 also.

Capt_Howdy on May 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Unfortunately the Delta Drive-in no longer stands it is now a trailer court the only part of the original Drive-in that stands is the ticket booth and the concession stand…with random speaker poles scattered about the property like tombstones from an ancient time

wildbull on July 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm

The speaker poles were removed in 1989 and the screen was removed within the next 2 years. Concession stand burnt down in 2009 after being turned into an apartment. I am the son of the owner of the property and they did save some of the 70s posters from the drive in.

MichaelKilgore on May 3, 2019 at 2:56 pm

There’s a 1975 photo of the Delta at

MichaelKilgore on September 15, 2021 at 5:11 pm

“Delta Drive-In Theater, the first outdoor theater of its kind in the Sikeston district, will open for business Monday night, July 4, it was announced today … An initial capacity of approximately 250 automobiles has been provided. Owners of the new enterprise are Earl Ferrell, of Charleston, and Mrs. Geraldine Twitty and Miss Geneva Alliston, of Sikeston.” That was on the front page of the July 1 Sikeston Daily Standard.

“Approximately 300 to 350 cars were admitted to the new Delta Drive-In Theatre, Highway 61, seven miles north of Sikeston, opening night Monday July 4.” That was page-4 news in the Sikeston Herald three days later. The Delta apparently didn’t advertise in the Herald.

Delta Drive-In grand opening adDelta Drive-In grand opening ad 01 Jul 1949, Fri The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri)

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