A Famous Missouri Drive-In Theater Is On The Market. Who Will Buy It?
Have any of you ever been to a drive-in movie? There aren't too many of them around anymore, but for many people, the nostalgia alone make them a great place to go. A famous drive-in, an Ozark attraction that has been in business for 57 years is now up for sale.
The Sunset Drive In, which has been in business since it opened in 1951 is on the market. It is listed for $500,000. The current owner David L. Marks began working for the theater in 1965. He bought the venue in the 1970′s. Marks says it’s time to retire to spend more time with family.
“I haven’t had a summer off for 57 years,” said Owner David L. Marks. “So that’s the main reason I want to sell the drive-in. Not because I don’t like it. I don’t want to see it not be a drive-in. And there are not very many left in the United States. I think what 3,000 to 5,000, something like that was, is now down to about 300.” You can read more about the drive-in HERE and how fans of the theater have great memories of it.
The sunset drive-in sets on a 5-acre lot and will hold 300 vehicles. There are no plans to close the drive-in permanently. The owner is asking the purchaser of the property to keep the outdoor theater operating.
Believe it or not, I have never been to a drive-in movie. They did become more popular during the pandemic. A combination of nostalgia and allowing people to have a night of enjoyment, yet remain safe. I hope that whomever buys the place, can keep it going. So I can take a road trip to check it out.