Theatair X

4505 Highway 31 East,
Clarksville, IN 47129

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Theatair X

Opened June 23, 1947 as the Theatair Drive-In (sometimes listed as being on R.R. #2, Jefferson, IN). It was operated by K. McAllister & Robert Harned and had a capacity for 232 cars. By 1959 it had been renamed Twin Drive-In and in 1970 began screening adult movies.

The concession building was converted into a twin screen adult theatre which continues to operated in 2015. The drive-in section was closed in the late-1980’s and the screens have been demolished.

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JeffClark on June 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Correction: It was originally Theatair. Then the Twin. Sat idle for a few years … then Theatair X. I’m including an ad from 1951.

David_W on January 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

DavidZornig, There is an entry for the Lakewood Drive-In, under ‘Demolished’ Jeffersonville, Indiana theaters. Perhaps it was posted after your entry above. The Lakewood Drive-In stood across the road, not far from the Sunset Mobile Home Park, on Charlestown Pike. The area has been greatly built up with various new home subdivision projects over the last 30 years or so.

dallasmovietheaters on September 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

According to the local newspaper, Theatair was architected by G.H. Richardson & Associate of Jeffersonville and built by Ehirnger Construction in 1947. The April 15, 1947 grand opening was pushed back by Theater Enterprizes Inc. and General Manager Bob Harned due to lack of a projection lens as well as torrential rain. The steel screen tower contained its concession stand and banquet hall. Its grand opening was in July of 1947. It was robbed twice in its first season. It closed for the season and its 1948 season was delayed by yet more torrential rain. The drive-in was said to be about 1.5 miles south of Cementville on Highway 31. In 1955, it gets new operators.

But American Films Limited turned Theatair into Theatair-X causing an uproar and a First Amendment battle. Clark County prosecutors successfully brought an obscenity charge against AFL and Theatair-X against five films in 1989. I’m assuming those were overturned on appeal. Then in a clever move in 1991, the local government decided to push for an interchange off of nearby Interstate 65 and what once was US 31 that would go directly through the Theatair. The theater successfully fought against that proposal and was able to continue operations into the 21st Century. Indecency charges in 2008, protests from an interest group called Reclaim Our Culture, a prostitution sting in 2012, citations for peepholes in 2014, and charges of indecency for customers in 2015 were just part of the standard operating procedures at the drive-in-less Theatair-X.

rivest266 on October 17, 2015 at 2:36 pm

June 23rd, 1947 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Also uploaded the May 27th, 1966 grand opening ad Theatair, “the New Drive-In Theatre”

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 12:13 pm

More trouble:

rivest266 on October 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Searching Google News brings lots of results for the Theatair

rivest266 on December 20, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Town of Clarksville says Theatair X owes nearly $800,000 in code violations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The Town of Clarksville wants adult business Theatair X to pay $770,000 in past code violations.

While both sides are tangled up in a court battle, a judge has ruled Theatair X must comply with two new city ordinances regarding adult businesses.

One says the business must close between midnight and 6 a.m.

The other requires the owners to reconfigure the inside of the building so managers have a clear line of sight to all public areas except restrooms.

Attorneys for the Town of Clarksville claim the business is closing overnight, but the interior layout has not changed.

They’re now asking a judge to fine the business and hold the property owner in contempt of court.

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