Twin Aire Drive-In
6777 Clinton Highway,
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The Twin Aire Drive-In was opened on October 17, 1969 with William Smith in “Run Angel, Run” on its 600 car capacity ‘East’ screen & Dick Clark in “Killers Three” on the 500 car capacity ‘West’ screen. I think closed about 1985. It was located on Clinton Highway north of Knoxville on the left before you get to Powell. I heard there is now a Wal-Mart Supercenter on the site.
The Twin Aire Drive-In had a large, modern glass enclosed concession stand so you could see both screens while in concession stand. It also had a decorative fountain in the area between the screens. It was built and owned by the Simpson theatre chain. In the 1970’s, they were opened year round seven nights a week with double or triple features on both screens. I went there often in the 1970’s, and they were usually packed, especially on weekends.
Some time after I left the Knoxville area in about 1978, they closed down one of the outdoor screens, and built a small two screen indoor theatre on that side connected to the concession stand. The Twin Aire Drive-In was in a very scenic location that was mostly rural, and then just outside of town. One of the screens was built up against a large hill. I assume the land was sold as that area became more suburban, and property values went up. It became another drive-in that fell to Wal-Mart.
The Twin Aire Drive-In may have been the last theatre left in the Simpson chain by then. In the 1970’s they owned the Riviera Theatre, the Capri Theatre, the River Breeze Drive-In, and the Chapman Highway Drive-In, all of which I think closed before the Twin Aire Drive-In.
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