622 S. 4th Street,
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The Murray Drive-In opened prior to 1955 when it was operated by Sykes Bros. It was open throughout the 1960’s, 1970’s, and as late as 1983, which was the last time I went there. It closed sometime in the mid-1980’s, and I’m not sure what is on the site now. It was located on the edge of town on Highway 121 (South 4th Street) just down from the corner of Glendale Road, where the (sadly now too long gone) KN Root Beer Drive-In was located.
It was fairly small drive-in, but thrived for many years. I believe it was owned by the same people who owned the Cheri/Capri theatres in Murray. My first trip to the Murray Drive-In was in about 1969 or 1970 to see “Blood Feast”, Hershell G. Lewis' famous (or infamous) gore classic, which was made in 1960, but re-released annually to Southern drive-ins through the 1970’s. On the other hand, I also saw “The Last Picture Show” here!
One of the last times I went there, in the early-1980’s, on a week night in late fall, we were the only car in the drive-in for a double feature (“Galaxy of Terror” & “The Thirsty Dead”), and they showed both features just for us rather than just closing and giving us a pass to come back some other night!
I have a lot of good memories of this drive-in, and I’m sad it’s gone.
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