Dixie Lee Drive-In

110 S. Watt Road,
Knoxville, TN 37934

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Dixie Lee Drive-In

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Listed in the 1952 edition of Theatre Catalog as being located at Dixie Lee Junction in Lenoir City. It was operated by Exhibitor Service Co. When I first moved to Knoxville in 1972, the Dixie Lee Drive-In was open, and showing X-rated movies. It closed in the 1980’s, but the sign and screen remained until around 1991. It was located on the south side of Kingston Pike in far western Knox County on the left side of the highway if you are driving away from Knoxville.

I believe there was also a small community called Dixie Lee surrounding it. Today the site is occupied by Cool Sports Icearium.

Contributed by Bob Brown

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm

The Dixie-Lee was considered a Knoxville theatre.Sept 19 1967 showing on that outdoor screen was Barbara Steele in “THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK”. and second feature on the “FESTIVAL OF FEAR” was “THE AWFUL DR.ORLOF”. This was playing day and date with the RIVER BREEZE Drive-in.

TLSLOEWS on March 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I did not know Tennessee had so many drive-ins at one time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Tlsloews you guys and North Carolina have alot of Drive-ins and I have seen alot in East Tenn.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

It truly is amazing the screens you see from the past covered in moss in many rural towns like the Midway or Newport Drive-in. I have traveled that area even before the interstates as a kid and I remember Drive-ins almost carved into Mountains. Moonshine and drive-ins.

nimrod on January 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Dixie Lee Drive-in continued to show mostly soft X-rated movies with an occasional hard X as a special late feature on into the early 1980’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Thanks Nimrod,like up dates from K-town.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 8, 2012 at 12:22 am

Added Goggle Earth view from 1991.

The address for the drive-in is:

110 S Watt Rd, Knoxville, TN

tntim on November 25, 2014 at 8:17 am

I posted a picture of the marquee in the photo section.

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