Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 21

Right: The projector at the 19 Drive-In of Cuba, Missouri displays
a nighttime show. The theater upgraded to digital projection in
2013. Below: Scenes from Missouri drive-ins include, from left,
a young drive-in patron watching the preparation of popcorn,
movie-goers anticipating the start of the evening's feature
presentation, a cluster of vintage tickets from the 19 Drive-In and
a grill fired up to cook a pre-movie meal.

At the Cuba theater, customers can choose whether
they want to listen through a radio or the traditional
drive-in speaker that can be hooked onto the window
of a vehicle. Similar to the Sunset Drive-In, the Cuba
theater eventually transitioned to digital equipment in 2013.
Karen Spreng, 21, remembers a childhood filled with selling tickets, hanof the Sunset Drive-In and its technology during his dling concessions and staffing the cash register. Her father, Donald Spreng,
owned and operated the drive-in from 1964 until his death in July 2011.
decades spent there.
"Dad wanted to sell it long ago but I talked him into keeping it," Karen says.
"When I went to work there, it was two projectors and you changed reels
"And somehow I've convinced Mom to keep it."
every 20 minutes - and that was in '65, until 1980," Larry says.
The oldest of three children, Karen takes on multiple responsibilities at the
The Sunset Drive-In has been a digital operation for four years. Larry says
they receive the movie on a hard drive along with a key to unlock and down- theater. Checking the speakers, running the website and uploading the films
load the film. A playlist is created to sync different parts of the movie-going to the digital system all fall into her day-to-day duties. Double features end as
late as 2 a.m., and Karen is often the one there to close up shop.
experience, such as when to turn the lights on and off.
Karen's sister, Carol, 20, handles most of the concessions, and Karen takes
Cash is essential to have on hand at the drive-in because credit cards are
not accepted. A double feature presentation costs $8 and is free for children over sometime during the second movie. All of the menu items are cooked to
under 5 years old. The theater offers a number of concessions too, ranging order so patience is key. A classic burger and fries are big sellers, and homemade milkshakes also are available for satisfying a sweet tooth during a show.
from a $1.75 hot dog to a pizza hand-delivered to your car.
A night at the Sunset often means more than viewing a movie. It's not Concessions are an important source of funds for the 19 Drive-In. "You don't
unusual to spot someone grilling up a pre-movie meal or unpacking goodies make money showing movies," Karen's mother, Susan, says.
A weekend double feature costs $8 for adults and $6 for children between
from coolers. There's also a playground in front of the sprawling screen where
6 and 11 years old, cash only. On weekdays, the price becomes a steady $6
kids can pass time before the feature presentation.
Attendance at the drive-in depends on the featured films, and favorable for all film attendees. The only exception to the double feature rule would be a
weather conditions help too. At capacity, Larry says they can accommodate lengthy movie, such as the longest "Pirates of the Caribbean" film, Karen says.
Karen is a full-time student at Missouri S&T studying business and psy323 cars if customers park properly.
Larry owes some of his business' success
chology, but still dedicates time to caring for the theater. She wants to preserve
to its location in Aurora. Branson and Springthe drive-in for the enjoyment of others. "I get to see people of all ages experience something that's getting rare - and I love to hear people laugh and have
field are nearby and offer frequent movie fans
who bring their business to the old drive-in.
a good time," Karen says. "At least I can do that for them."
"It's something that families want to have,"
Dillon and Sonia Parry, Crawford Electric Cooperative members, attended
8
9
Larry says. "Hopefully they don't get tired of it."
a double feature of "Incredibles 2" and "Ocean's 8" at the 19 Drive-In with
10
their children. The Cuba drive-in is a 40-minute trip from their home in
Travel more than 150 miles northeast and you'll
find the 19 Drive-In of Cuba, Missouri, another
Berryman. While both Dillon and Sonia recall catching movies at the
escape from the typical indoor theater. The drive-in
drive-in growing up, Sonia specifically remembers her nights at the 19
2 1
is open seven days a week until at least the end of
Drive-In.
5
"We didn't realize it was still open - and that they were open all
September and shows current films.
6
week
long!" Sonia says.
7 4
3
Aspects of the drive-in still appeal to the Parry's all these years
later, with a family of their own. Sonia appreciates the affordable
prices and the ability to enjoy two films for the price of a single
ticket.
"This is nostalgia at its best," Dillon says.
When the credits roll, so do the first cars as they file toward the drive-in
exit. Blankets are folded and chairs are packed. The screen goes dark and
the remaining vehicles head for the highway, having made memories for the
future at this nostalgic ode to the country's cinematic past.
6. Phoenix Drive-In
1. Starlite Drive-In, Cadet
, Hous
www.starlitedrivein.com
www.phoenixdrivein. ton
com
Below: The Sunset Drive-In delivers pizzas directly to vehicles waiting for the movie to begin.
573-438-4974
417-967-3010
The dinosaur costume promoted the recent release of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."
2. 19 Drive-In, Cuba
7. 66 Drive-In, Carth
age
www.19drivein.com
www.66drivein.com
573-885-7752
417-359-5959

s
n
o
i
t
a
c
o
l
n
i
e
v
i
r
D

3. 21 Drive-In,Van Buren
www.facebook.com/21DriveIn
573-945-2121

8. B&B Five & Drive
, Moberly
www.bbtheatres.co
m
660-263-8100

4. Sunset Drive-In, Aurora
www.sunsetdriveinaurora.com
417-678-6609

9. B&B I-70 Drive-In
, Kansas City
www.bbtheatres.co
m
816-861-0501

5. Barco Drive-In, Lamar
www.lamarmo.com/movies
417-682-2434

10. B&B Twin Drive-In
, Independence
www.bbtheatres.co
m
816-844-6430


http://www.starlitedrivein.com http://www.phoenixdrivein.com http://www.19drivein.com http://www.66drivein.com http://www.facebook.com/21DriveIn http://www.bbtheatres.com http://www.sunsetdriveinaurora.com http://www.bbtheatres.com http://www.lamarmo.com/movies http://www.bbtheatres.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - August 2018

Contents
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Intro
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Cover1
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Cover2
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Contents
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 4
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 5
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 6
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 7
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 8
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 9
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 10
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 11
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 12
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 13
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 14
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 15
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 16
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 17
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 18
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 19
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 20
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 21
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 22
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 23
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 24
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 25
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 26
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 27
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 28
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 29
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 30
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 31
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 32
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 33
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 34
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 35
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 36
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 37
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 38
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 39
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 40
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 41
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - 42
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Cover3
Rural Missouri - August 2018 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201905
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201904
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201903
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201902
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201805
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201804
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201803
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201802
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201705
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201704
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201703
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201702
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201605
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201604
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201603
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201602
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201601
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201503
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201502
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201405
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201302
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201301
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201205
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201202
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201201
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201105
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201104
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/videotest
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201103
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201101
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201010
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com