THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE RAN BENEATH A PICTURE OF THE 66 DRIVE-IN
THAT WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN 1949! (WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN A USABLE COPY OF THE PICTURE TO BE INCLUDED WITH THIS DOCUMENT.)
Final steel work on the tower of the Sixty-Six Drive-In
theater, being constructed west of Carthage, was in progress when the above
photograph was made.
The tower is 66 feet high and 62 feet wide with 50 foot wings on either side. Sixty-five thousand pounds of steel were used in constructing the tower and wings. The steel wok was done by the Ozark engineering company of Joplin, whose equipment and employees are shown in the foreground.
Sections of a special board, to cover the front of the tower and wings, were being unloaded from the truck shown in the center background at the time the photograph was made.
Beneath the steel work back of the tower, a storage room and apartment will be built. The photograph was taken with the camera pointed in a northeasterly direction and shows the back of the tower.
The "auditorium" of the theater which will accommodate 500 motor cars, is being terraced to make the screen more easily visible to the audience. The earth work was done by the Sweeney Construction company of Neosho.
Owners of the new drive-in are W.D., Bradfield and V.F. Naramore, who operate the Roxy theater on the south side of the square.--Photo by Gordon Rollins
Carthage's new 66 Drive-In theater located a short distance
west of Municipal park on highways 66 and 71, will formally open tonight.
The box office will open at 6 in order that patrons may come early and inspect the theater, which is acclaimed by en in show business, as a model and one of the finest in the midwest.
Built by W.D. Bradfield and V.F. Narramore, owners of the Roxy theater on the south side of the square, at a cost of many thousand dollars, it will offered the best in file entertainment.
The first show in the new Drive-in will start at 7:30 tonight, the second at 9:30.
"Two Guys From Texas" in technicolor and featuring Jack Carson and Dennis MOrgan, will be the top attraction. There will also be a 30 minute program of short subjects in technicolor.
The films will be shown on one of the largest steel screens in the area. There are accommodations for 500 cars. Incline ramps insure the best of vision from every sector of the open air theater.
Mr. Naramore will serve as manager of the drive-in, leaving Mr. Bradfield the task of booking attractions for the 66 Drive-in and the Roxy and handling management of the Roxy.
Construction of the 66 Drive-in was started July 11 and was under supervision of Mr. Bradfield. It is complete in every detail with snack bar, modern rest rooms, and other features designed for the comfort of the patrons.
Operation of the drive-in will continue as long as mild weather prevails. The plan is to open early next April.
Glenn W. Dickinson, Kansas City, owner of Dickinson chain of theaters, was one of the men in the theater business who recently inspected the Bradfield-Naramore 66 Drive-in. He complimented the Carthage en on their setup, declaring it one of the nicest he had seen.
MECHANICAL TROUBLES ADJUSTED, HOWEVER, AND THE SHOWING AT THE "66" WENT
OFF IN SCHEDULED ORDER LAST NIGHT
Mechanical difficulties handicapped the opening of
the "66" Drive-In Theater, just west of Municipal park, Thursday night.
One of the sound amplifiers went out and a short in the arc furnishing
light to one of the projectors also burned out, resulting in faint images
on the screen and faint sound.
Bill Bradfield, one of the co-owners of the theater, said today the troubles were rectified yesterday and the shows went off as scheduled last night. The first picture closes its run tonight. with a new feature opening tomorrow night, Bradfield said.