Stateline Drive-In

2306 State Line Road #A,
Elizabethton, TN 37643

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Stateline Drive-In

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The Stateline Drive-In opened around 1947. This single screen drive-in has a capacity for 250 cars. The Stateline Drive-In is open from April through September.

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carolgrau
carolgrau on October 24, 2005 at 5:47 am

Thanks lostmemory, I live in Nashville now and was wondering where this was. I heard they had one, but was unsure where.
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UnknownCinemaDude
UnknownCinemaDude on April 30, 2009 at 11:10 am

here are 2009 photo of the stand line drive-in
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UnknownCinemaDude
UnknownCinemaDude on April 30, 2009 at 11:13 am

another 2009 photo as you can see this marquee. could use some work
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Here is a 1984 photo. The city is misidentified:
http://tinyurl.com/py6uny

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I think Elizabethton is close to Zionville, just over the state line, as it were, so it’s an understandable error.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on September 23, 2013 at 7:53 am

Congrats to the Stateline for winning a digital projector from projectdrivein.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on November 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

Although the Stateline’s About Us page says it opened in 1947, it wasn’t listed in the 1949-50 Theatre Catalog. The 1952-56 editions listed owner Earl B. Bolling, capacity 250.

The 1952-66 Motion Picture Almanacs listed the owner as R. D. Dunn, capacity 246. The 1978-84 editions listed R. (Ray) Glover, 200. The 1986-88 editions (finally?) sort of agreed with the old Catalogs, listing the owner as E. Bolling.

In an article about the history of the city’s indoor theater, the Elizabethton Star wrote that in 1962, Earl Bolling was the owner and operator of the Stateline Drive-In.

An archived 2009 Elizabethton Star article (PDF) wrote, “Now owned by Andy Wetsel (sic) Jr., the Stateline Drive-In was built in 1947. Wetsel purchased the theater from the late Earl Bolling, who owned it from 1952 until the 1970s, and again from 1980 to 1995.”

A 2000 article in American Profile talked to then-owner Andy Whetsel (sic). Andrew “Andy” Wetzel (as it’s spelled by every reference except the previous two) is still the owner as of March 2017.

A 2008 Topix discussion thread, which also included plenty of inflammatory talk of which I have no first-hand knowledge, said that Wetzel is married to the daughter of Bolling’s widow, which is how he acquired the Stateline.

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