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66 Drive-In in Carthage changes owners

66 Drive-In in Carthage changes owners

The 66 Drive-In theater in Carthage, Missouri, is changing owners for the first time in about 30 years. Fortunately, the new proprietors are familiar with how the place is run. The Carthage Press reports the the longtime owners of the…

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Route 66 license-plate wall planned near Edgewood

Route 66 license-plate wall planned near Edgewood

The folks at RETRO — Relive the Route plan to build a massive wall along Route 66 near Edgewood, New Mexico, made of New Mexico license plates in the form of a New Mexico Route 66 map. The wall will…

South Pasadena to paint Route 66 shield on road near Fair Oaks Pharmacy

The city of South Pasadena, California, and the California Historic Route 66 Association on Saturday will paint a large Route 66 shield onto Fair Oaks Avenue in front of Fair Oaks Pharmacy. The ceremony that will mark the recent 90th anniversary…

Singer’s new music video is a postcard from Tucumcari

Singer’s new music video is a postcard from Tucumcari

Albuquerque native and pop-country singer Alex Stern released a music video for her song “Runaways” a few days ago. The video shot by Randy Shaffer practically is a love letter to the Route 66 town of Tucumcari, New Mexico. It…

Circle Cinema in Tulsa to screen “Bagdad Cafe”

Circle Cinema in Tulsa to screen “Bagdad Cafe”

The historic Circle Cinema in Tulsa will screen the cult-classic based on Route 66, “Bagdad Cafe,” on Thursday night as part of the Mother Road Revival festivities. The screening of “Bagdad Cafe” is slated for 7 p.m., but a reception will…

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, under the auspices of the National Park Service, announced its cost-share grants for 2016. This year, the program awarded eight cost-share grants totaling more than $103,000 — mostly for renovations or preservation of historic…

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

An additional marquee for the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois, that was nixed because of its unpopularity is returning — this time, to the back of the historic building. The theater’s principals still are raising funds for the classic marquee. But they…

Ritz Theatre in Baxter Springs to reopen next month

Ritz Theatre in Baxter Springs to reopen next month

The historic Ritz Theatre in Baxter Springs, Kansas, will reopen in July after it underwent nine years of renovations by a local couple. The Joplin Globe reported: A retired Caterpillar manager, Ron Puckett, 74, did much of the work himself…

New Mexico aims to help old theaters

New Mexico aims to help old theaters

The state of New Mexico is trying to fix up movie theaters in small towns not only for the sake of historic preservation, but also to give an economic boost. The Associated Press reports: An economic development program, similar to…

New Route 66-inspired sculpture dedicated in Albuquerque

New Route 66-inspired sculpture dedicated in Albuquerque

“Reels and Wheels,” a new public art sculpture in front of the historic Hiland Theatre, recently was dedicated in Albuquerque. According to KRQE-TV: The art piece serves a dual purpose as art and as the ABQ Ride bus shelter for…

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