Norfolk Drive-In

6000 Virginia Beach Boulevard,
Norfolk, VA 23502

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Aerial View of Norfolk Drive-In

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Opened prior to 1950 by the Fabian Theaters chain. A popular drive-in built in what was once a sparesely-populated area between the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, this theater offered some of the best hot dogs and french fries around. Nearby development during the late 1960’s (including a mall and a six-screen multiplex) created light intereference, and construction if I-64 adjacent to the property signaled its demise in the late-1970’s when motorists on the Interstate were treated to a large movie screen full of nudity as the theater had to resort to R-rated films to attract an audience. The site is now an industrial park.

Contributed by Kenneth Johnson

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ghamilton
ghamilton on April 27, 2006 at 3:34 pm

This drive in must have sat right next to,or on the property of the Glen Rock airport.

Randino
Randino on July 3, 2006 at 5:59 am

The Norfolk Drive In was right across from Paul Hennings School of Broadcasting on US 58 (Virginia Beach Blvd). I can still see that big gray corrugated-steel sheathed colussus in my mind. “Norfolk Drive In” in big red-neon’d letters, and “Enjoy movies from your CAR” in green neon’d letters. The letters were made from steel, with the neon tubing inset into them. I remember going there once around 1966-7 for a Popeye movie. I fell asleep. I have a feeling that was my parents' plan, anyway. I also remember riding down Interstate 64 (it ran parallel to the drive-in) as a young'un and wondering at the fleshy, out of focus shapes doing strange things on the screen.

Where the drive in used to be there is a Price Club, a motel, a lawn and garden center, a burger joint, a paint store and just a smattering of the pine trees that used to sit along the backside of the car lot of the Norfolk Drive In. I’ve searched in vain for pictures or handbills.

Found some interesting info re:Glenrock Airport at:
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Here are a couple of quotes:

C.L.Batson recalled, “I was in the Civil Air Patrol at Glenrock Airport in 1952-55.

It was closed to make room for the Janaf Shopping Center.”

According to the book “Virginia Airports” by Vera Rollo & Norman Crabill (published by the VAHS),

Glenrock’s operating license was revoked & the airport was abandoned on 9/20/57.

The Glenrock Airport was a mile or west down Virginia Beach Blvd. from the Norfolk Drive In.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2008 at 12:20 pm

The Norfolk Drive-In had a capacity for 800 cars in 1975.

Fazeman
Fazeman on August 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Tab “Photos” for the aerial view I attached of the Norfolk Drive-In.

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