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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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 28, 2007 at 2:51 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 2:12 pm

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

gspragin
gspragin on July 23, 2007 at 4:45 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 9:26 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 10:31 am

NIce looking marquee.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 7, 2010 at 1:10 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 4:29 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 4:38 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 4:49 am

Nice pictures vastor!!

Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 7, 2014 at 9:22 pm

The Summer Drive-In is fully digital.

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