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Drive-in Theatres Southeast


Mid-Town Drive-in (Closed)
Harriman, TN
Photo and info courtesy Doug Harvey

The Mid-Town Drive-in Theatre near Kingston, TN is one of the last few operating drive-ins here in East Tennessee. The drive-in operated as the Roane Drive-in between the 1950's and 1970's. After closing and partially demolishing, the Mid-Town had a rebirth in 1995. 08-06


UPDATE 05/09 : Lack of crowds have put the fate of the Mid-Town Drive-in Theatre in jeopardy. According to VolunteerTV.com, the manager of the Mid-Town stated that the "crowds just aren't lining up like in past years". A for sale sign was put up at the site this past Friday. The Mid-Town Drive-in's season runs through Labor Day.

UPDATE 12/10 : The Mid-Town Drive-in is still open for movies. They had a better season this year of 2010 then they did in 2009. The Mid-Town Drive-in is one of the two drive-ins operated by the Blue Moon Theatre company. The other drive-in is the Parkway Drive-in in Maryville TN. Many thanks to David Hughes for update. 12-10


UPDATE 10/13 : The Mid-Town Drive-In closed up in August of 2013 because the owner Doug Freeman won't spend the money to go digital for the Mid-Town location. However, he is spending the money to keep his other drive-in open called the Parkway Drive-in by complying with the film conversion to digital requirement for projection.

Mid-Town Drive-in and entrance
Harriman, TN
Photo property of Google

According to their website, they are not going to go digital for next year. and are officially closed up now. However, they may run a limited schedule in 2014 if a few movie companies still distribute movies on film. Many thanks to David Hughes for update. 10-13



Tri-City Drive-in Theatre (Closed)
Spindale, NC
Photo and info courtesy Richard Weiss

Here is the Tri-City Drive-in Theatre, located between Forest City and Spindale, NC. This closed drive-in is on a now overgrown lot.

More information and photos can be found at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on the Tri-City Drive-in Theatre. 02-08



State Line Drive-in Theatre
Elizabethton, TN
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The State Line Drive-in Theatre opened in Elizabethton, TN in 1947. The State Line shows open air movies from April through September each year. For more information, see the State Line Drive-in website. 02-08



Cairo Drive-in Theatre (Closed)
Roanoke Rapids, NC
Photos and info courtesy Tait Hilliard

This old faded out marquee is what is left of the old Cairo Drive in Theatre in Fuquay Varina, NC. This drive-in is located just south of Raleigh. 08-08












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