Sunset Drive-In

Highway 19,
Shinnston, WV 26431

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Sunset Drive-In

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The Rice Drive-In opened in 1947 and was operated by George Rice and Stearn-Hanna Co-Operative Theatre Services. It retained that name until at least 1955 and was later re-named Sunset Drive-In. It is the last open drive-in located in the Clarksburg area, located on Highway 19 a few miles south of Shinnston, and north of Clarksburg. It is a beauty! It is located adjacent to the Ellis Restaurant and has been owned by the Ellis family since 1955.

It has a huge screen with a home built into the screen tower. The drive-in is open seasonally, and the restaurant is open year-round. An interesting feature is that the drive-in sign is located on the other side of the highway from the drive-in. The Sunset Drive-In is located in a beautiful scenic location in the West Virginia mountains, and is well worth the visit if you are in the area.

Contributed by Bob Brown

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vic1964
vic1964 on July 27, 2007 at 3:20 pm

Wow,i would love to see pictures!Do they have a website?I just moved out of a screen tower apartment.The Mustang in London Ontario which used to be called the Sunset.

bbrown1
bbrown1 on July 28, 2007 at 7:33 am

The drive in does not have a website, but there is a good picture of screen at:

http://i_love_drive_ins.tripod.com/id17.html

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on February 12, 2011 at 6:35 am

A more interesting photo of the screen tower:
View link

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 16, 2012 at 1:52 am

Approx. location for this drive-in is about 3 blocks south of U.S. 19 & Jewel City Blvd. in Northern, WV 26404.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on October 19, 2013 at 2:23 am

I checked there website and it does not list a street address. I checked on Facebook and PM a message asking.

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on October 19, 2013 at 4:45 am

The drive-in is located here — not far from Jewel City Blvd.

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