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Mike,The Riverside Drive In was located on the 31W-BY Pass on the same side as The Little Brown Jug separated by Riverview Dr.Before I-65 was constructed people from the North would travel US 31W South on what we now call the Old Louisville Rd.They would come to the 4 way stop at State St. and turn left onto what we now call the By-Pass.I feel certain that’s where the confusion is,it was probably called the Nashville Rd.the Lost River Drive In also was located on the Nashville Rd.in the vicinity of the State Police Barracks more so than Hilvue Heights.I hope i’ve helped some.Larry Cassady
Hello Bill and Mike,Sorry i haven’t responded sooner,I have been a little busy,just not getting a lot done.Was reading your last message and it brought back some more memories of my time at the STATE.When “The Graduate"came out we got to run it because of the seating capacity,it was one of the few times we got to run a grade A movie.We ran it for three weeks and it was a sellout everynight.I had to thread the projectors pretty much in the dark because of having to keep the projection booth door shut due to people sitting in the balcony.It presented a challenge but i enjoyed doing it.
Mike,Bill was right,we used the old carbon arc lamps.Although i must correct him on something,Happy was already Mgr. of the STATE before the Martin Twins were opened.I know how it is to have a clouded memory because i’m not sure about the months,although i do remember working the door in the winter,having to break the frozen letters from marquee.The first movie i ran on my own was Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”,what a way to start!I’ll write about some more of my memories later,got to sign off for now,Take Larry Cassady
I remember the STATE Theater quite well,I was fortunate enough to be able to work there from 1966 thru 1967.I started at the door then to running projectors.Happy Hardcastle was the Mgr.I have a lot of great memories of my time at the STATE.Larry Cassady