Tawasentha Drive-In

J.T. Reid Parkway & Dump Road,
Scottsboro, AL 35761

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Tawasentha Drive-In

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Opened in 1950. This drive-in was part of the Word Theater chain in 1963. Capacity was 350 cars. Tawasentha is an Indian word that can be found in Longfellow’s "Song of Hiawatha". The drive-in was closed in the mid-1980’s.

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jwmovies on December 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was John T Reid Pkwy & Dump Rd, Hollywood, AL 35752.

donwillmon on November 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I have lived in Scottsboro all my life. The Tawasentha Drive in was located directly behind what is located there presently “Thomas Signs Company” and there is some other business behind Thomas Signs. The man who owned the Tawasentha also own a popcorn business right to the left of the Drive in. It was “Word Popcorn”. He bought popcorn from local farmers and popped it at his business. He sold popcorn raw and popped along with Dixie cups, candy, popcorn popping machines and anything that a theater would use he sold it and delivered it all across the southeast. The popcorn business was like the comment above said located right beside Dump Road. He, “Robert Word” also owned the Ritz Theater located on the square in downtown Scottsboro and I believe he own the drive in that was located in Bridgeport Al also. He and his son Built the Holiday Cinema Theater in Scottsboro after they closed the RITZ on the square. I know all this because I worked at Word Popcorn located in Hollywood back in the 1970’s.

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