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Kenda Drive-In Theater

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1966. 100 Westwood Dr.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

This drive-in theater, one of only three remaining in Arkansas and the oldest, has rows of parking spaces for around two hundred automobiles laid out in a gentle arc facing the seventy-two-foot-wide screen. The theater still uses historic car speakers, and because it is open year round, car heaters are provided in winter. A signboard at the corner of Westwood Drive and U.S. 65, which announces the theater’s current film, also spells out the drive-in’s name in large letters arranged in a curve at its summit. The theater was named for the owner’s daughter.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors



Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Kenda Drive-In Theater", [Marshall, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 89-90.

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