Kanauga Drive-In

1483 State Route 7 North,
Gallipolis, OH 45631

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Kanauga Drive-In

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Built in 1950 by Harry Wheeler, the Kanauga Drive-In remained open until 2008, operated by Harry’s son Tom. It had an 80-foot by 50-foot screen and a capacity for 400 cars. It was demolished in January 2011

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SHOCKLEY on July 3, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Here’s the latest info that i could find. It'sonly 2 weeks old so hopefully it’s current enough..

Kanauga Drive-in reopens Friday
Elizabeth Rigel
Published: June 19, 2008
KANAUGA – Despite getting a late start this summer, the Kanauga Drive-in is set to open for business this coming Friday. The drive-in, located at 1483 Ohio 7 North, will be open weekends, Friday through Monday. Featured movies currently include “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “Iron Man.” Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children six to 11, and free for children under 6. Full concessions will be available and this year’s snack bar may feature some unusual items.

According to Tom Wheeler, owner and operator of the Kanauga Drive-in, he had not planned to reopen this year, but at the request of the public he will now open up the drive-in for a short season lasting through September.

Wheeler’s father, Harry, built the Kanauga Drive-in in 1950 and for many local residents it has become a staple in Gallia County and the area. This year’s success is likely to influence whether or not it will be reopened next summer.

A car show hosted last spring by Ryan and Marcie Cochran of Texas will return again this year on June 28. The show will also feature a movie and live music.

SHOCKLEY on July 3, 2008 at 7:20 pm

The frustrating thing about it is that the phone is disconnected, makingit hard to confirm..

SHOCKLEY on July 3, 2008 at 7:27 pm

I justsent an e-mail to the author of the article. If they respond, I will pass along whatever info I get..

JKB355 on July 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm

It is definitely open. They were playing the Indiana Jones new movie just recently. I intend to go several times this summer in case it’s the last.

Marsha on July 6, 2008 at 7:07 am

I too, am frustrated about the disconnected phone number. I have tried calling there several times this year. I have some friends in Point Pleasant, so I will talk one of them into driving by to see what the sign says, just for verification.

JKB355 on July 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

Like I said it IS open. My friend drives by everyday. Hulk and Wall-e are playing currently.

JKB355 on July 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

The same friend was just there to see Indiana Jones and Iron Man.

DotMan on July 7, 2008 at 6:16 am

Here is a current pic of the Colony Theatre in Gallipolis. This phone is disconnected but maybe contacting the Colony could help.

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wvphotogirl on July 13, 2008 at 3:16 pm


Here is their website as of July 13th, 2008. We saw Kung Fu Panda last night. It is OPEN!!

RoadsideArchitecture.com on February 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

The screen tower & the remains of this drive-in were demolished January 2011.
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