128 Forrest Park Boulevard,
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The Knoxville Drive-In was opened on August 11, 1948, and closed in 1982. When I lived in Knoxville during the 1970’s, it was run by ABC Theatres who later sold out to Plitt I believe.
When I visited Knoxville during the World’s Fair in 1982, it was being used as an RV campground, for fairgoers, and I guess it never reopened. The World’s Fair ended up destroying a lot of older central Knoxville that I remembered from the 1970’s, and the Twin Aire was the only drive in to survive the fair, although it only survived briefly. The Knoxville Drive In was located just off Kingston Pike just outside the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood, and was probably the most “upscale” drive in in Knoxville.
They usually showed A list movies, but I did see some great horror movies like “The Beast Must Die”, “The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe”, and “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death” there. I remember one time in the 1970’s, they ran a double feature of the original 1931 “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” there at a time when there were no “art houses” or retro movie theatres in Knoxville. I think there is a grocery store on the site now.
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