Highway 79 South,
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The Sundown Drive-In was located on Highway 79 South of Paris, about halfway between Paris and Henry. It was right across the highway from Huffman’s Barbecue Restaurant, which may still be there. It was opened prior to 1955 when it was operated by I.W. Boden.
One of my earliest memories is seeing “Old Yeller” there, when I would have been about four years old (1957 or 1958). The most memorable feature of the Sundown Drive-In was that the screen was curved, like a Cinerama screen. I don’t know when it was built or how long it lasted, but my next memory of it was when it was closed while I was still very young.
I don’t think it was in existence very long. The screen stayed up for some time after the theatre was closed, but was eventually torn down. I think it was used as a lumber yard for some time. I’m not sure what is there now.
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