Medicine Lodge, Kansas is a city full of history. Every year they hold the Medicine Lodge Indian Peace Treaty of 1867 Pageant commemorating the Peace Council of 1867 between the United States Government and the proud civilization of the Plains Indians which included the Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche, and Kiowa. The Pageant is held from September 23 – 25 and is packed full of interesting and fun activities for everyone. Medicine Lodge is definitely a town worth visiting for the Pageant and of course, The Pageant Drive In.
Originally owned by Roy and May Colley and managed by their son, Craig, the Pageant Drive In theater opened in May of 1952. It held a capacity of 300 cars, and was run by the Colley family for 16 years.
The theater changed over ownership to Owen Sill in 1968. He replaced the screen after it was blown over in 1971 and the projection booth when it was destroyed in 1972. Mr. Sill ran the theater until 1988 when, unfortunately, he had to close down. Luckily, Owen’s son, Mike couldn’t bear to see the drive in disintegrate into such a dilapidated state and opened the theater again in 1995. He immediately set to upgrading the theater and added new projection equipment and FM radio audio (Speaker poles are still available).
The Pageant Drive In is open seasonally from May through September. Admission price for your double feature is $6 for adults and $4 for children. The theater also hosts events such as special movie screenings, motorcycle clubs, and church groups. Drop by the concession stand for a Hot Mamma or another treat and enjoy your movie in a town full of history!
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