Summer Drive-In

5310 Summer Avenue,
Memphis, TN 38122

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Summer Drive-In

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The Summer Twin Drive-In was opened by Malco Theatres Inc. in 1966, with a capacity for 1,600 cars. It replaced Malco Theatres earlier Summer Drive-In which has its own page on Cinema Treasures.

It became the four-screen Summer Avenue Drive-In This drive-in now has a capacity for 2,000 cars

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Easyrider
Easyrider on November 19, 2005 at 11:18 pm

The original Summer drive-in was located at Summer and White Station
where the K-mart used to be. It had a gravel parking lot. At one time that was the eastern boundary of the city limits. My brother worked there during that time. Not sure when it was closed down.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 28, 2007 at 5:51 pm

The first Summer opened in 1948. Operator was Kemmons Wilson, Mr. Holiday Inn. This drive-in should have its own listing. Car capacity was 670.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 9, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Here is a 1948 photo of the earlier drive-in:
http://tinyurl.com/3bluxp

gspragin
gspragin on July 23, 2007 at 7:45 pm

My favorite drive-in was the Southwest Twin Drive-In. 4233 South 3rd Street – Hwy 61 Memphis, TN 38109. 1968 – 2000

calldon
calldon on January 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm

OK, the first one was located in the north-east corner of Summer and White Station. The second one is the current location. I assumed they were the same owner/company but from reading here, it looks like two different owners. On the southwest side of that intersection on Summer was a sign saying THAT was the city limits in 1953. The first Holiday Inn was just to the west, before Mendenhall. I can’t believe Holiday Inn didn’t keep it as a museum or something.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm

NIce looking marquee.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm

MOvies playing in 1977 at the Summer 1 “WINTERHAWK” and"WALKING TALL" another crazy booking at a Drive-in. Ever here of Theme night? on Summer 2 one can watch “COACH” and “LAS VEGAS LADY” with Stella Stevens,Wonder where these flicks are today?

ghsong
ghsong on November 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

mr wingo….the 51 drive in was actually north of town in millington. i had a really bad wreck pulling out of there when i was a teenager.

vastor
vastor on January 28, 2014 at 6:38 am

Both of the drive-ins in this neighborhood now have photos and pages of their own.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 28, 2014 at 6:49 am

Nice pictures vastor!!

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