Topeka, Kansas: Chief Drive-In Theatre Sign

1953 neon tube and porcelain sign with Indian chief profile. After the theater closed in the 1980s, Walmart moved in but preserved the landmark sign.

Wal-Mart Supercenter

SW 37th St., Topeka, KS
Walmart Supercenter. On the south side of SW 37th St. just west of US Hwy 75/SW Topeka Blvd.
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Neon chief.

Chief Drive-In Theatre Sign

The sign is especially spectacular after dark. Currently, only the west side of the sign is lit.

[Corey T, 05/05/2012]

Chief Drive-In Theatre sign.

Chief Drive-In Theatre Sign

The Chief Drive-In Theatre was opened in 1953 and to distinguish itself from the adjacent Corral Drive-In, installed a bright neon tube and porcelain sign. The highly visible Topeka Landmark sign served the Drive-In for 30 years before the theater closed in 1982. When a new shopping center was being built in 1995 on a nearby property, the sign was saved, moved and restored by Walmart. The sign is a visual reminder of how creative and colorful outdoor advertising and signage once was.

[Phil Pasquini, 12/31/2009]

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