Grove Drive-In

Old Nottoway Road and The Grove Road,
Blackstone, VA 23824

250 cars

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The Grove Drive-In opened in 1950 with a capacity for 250 cars. In August of 1986, a powerful storm hit this drive-in and destroyed the screen and caused some damage to the building. The owner decided that the cost was too high to repair the drive-in. The last movie to play here was “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling” with Richard Pryor.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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ghamilton
ghamilton on June 16, 2005 at 3:04 pm

You do a great job ferreting out the old drive in records.One of the last to close in VA was not far from this one,just down the road,North of Keysville.It was a small venue,family operation,closed about three years ago.

ghamilton
ghamilton on June 16, 2005 at 3:44 pm

I should also ask if any sources have anything on the old theater in Burkeville.It was a drug store for many years and is now an insurance office.In nearby(3 miles) Crewe is an ancient downtown theater that looks to be closed for MANY years.The adjoining bdg is being demolished.Believe it was at one time a railroad hotel.

ElCartero
ElCartero on June 22, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Some photos here:
http://driveins.4t.com/va-blackstone-grove.htm

Check out the converted railroad caboose that served as the snackbar!

ghamilton
ghamilton on May 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Passed by this sad sight today.The building still stands,the lot is still clear.Blackstone is a fairly sad place though,overall,with a number of closed textile-related plants.

ghamilton
ghamilton on January 8, 2011 at 5:40 am

HEY!!! Mr.Lost,yesterday,i noticed one of the doors ajar on the old theater in CREWE.Don’t know the name of it.Went inside to a super-sad sight.Roof totally collapsed.Place had a balcony with brass rail still in place.very dangerous to enter,but must see,of course.No way to “save” this place with any amount of money.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Old Nottoway Rd & The Grove Rd, Blackstone, VA 23824

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is visible on Goggle Earth using present day imagery.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

1956 has 300 cars parking there,Owned by Independent Theatre Service.they had a few screens in Virginia.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

Like know how well Richard Pryor did there.

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