Family Drive-In

4300 N. Broadway,
Knoxville, TN 37917

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Family Drive-In

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The Family Drive-In was located on North Broadway close to the intersection with Walker Boulevard and Dutch Valley Road. It was on the right just before you go into Fountain City, if you are headed north on Broadway. The back of the drive-in bordered on Walker Boulevard, and there was a shopping center located just north of it on Broadway.

The Family Drive-In was built sometime in the 50’s and closed in the early 80’s. Like the Knoxville Drive-In, it was converted into an RV park for the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair, and probably never reopened. In the 70’s, it was run by ABC, and then Plitt. I think it held about 600 cars, and was probably the second largest drive-in in Knoxville after the Twin Aire.

This is where I saw “The Exorcist”. I think the shopping center next door has taken over the space where the drive-in used to be, as there was no sign left of the drive-in the last time I drove by.

Contributed by Bob Brown

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BannerJohn1954
BannerJohn1954 on December 9, 2007 at 1:57 pm

this was my ‘make-out’ place in the early 70’s when I was in high school. By then it was showing 2nd rate b-movies like ‘The Velvet Vampire’ which was OK because we never watched the movie anyway.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 31, 2008 at 8:12 pm

In 1975 the Family Drive-In had a capacity for 592 cars.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Now showing Oct 20 1964 “THE CHALK GARDEN” and “THE SECRET PASSION”

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