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The Lakemont Drive-In was located on Highway 129 (Alcoa Highway) just a few miles north of McGee Tyson Airport. It was on the right if you were driving from Alcoa towards Knoxville. It was not actually inside the city of Alcoa, but the mailing address was Alcoa. I believe it was actually in a little community known as Lakemont.
I don’t know when it was opened or closed, but I went there often in the 1970’s. The most interesting feature of the Lakemont Drive-In was that it was built on a fairly steep hill, with the screen at the bottom of the hill, so that if tou were in the back, you were actually looking down at the screen. Above the screen, you had a panoramic view of Fort Loudon Lake across the highway in the distance.
The Lakemont Drive-In in the early-1970’s showed a lot of movies from exploiatation distributor Cinemation Industries, and it was there that I saw the famous (then X-rated, though pretty tame by today’s standards) cartoon “Fritz the Cat”. Other exploitation classics I saw there included “I Eat Your Skin, I Drink Your Blood”, and “Hunchback of the Morgue”.
It was closed in the early-1980’s, and I assume the Lakemont Drive-In is now long gone, as the area around it was starting to become suburban in the 1970’s, and probably swallowed it up.
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