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 1955 edition of Theatre Catalog as being located at Dixie Lee Junction in Lenoir City. When I first moved to Knoxville in 1972, the Dixie Lee Drive-In was open, and showing X-rated movies. I believe it closed soon after that, but the sign and screen remained for a period of time. It was located on 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. It looked as though it had been built in the 1940’s or 1950’s.

Contributed by Bob Brown

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 7, 2009 at 1:30 am

The drive-in was right where the large white building is now in the center of this link:


1992 imaging shows it there.

tntim on August 7, 2009 at 1:57 pm

The Dixie Lee Drive-In was in Knox County, Lenoir City is in Loudon County. The 37934 zip code is considered Knoxville. If the site had been just a few yards to the west, it would have been in Loudon County and the zip would have been 37772 which is a Lenoir City zip code.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 14, 2010 at 7:23 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 7:14 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 15, 2010 at 7:21 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 7:47 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 7:55 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 7:02 pm

Thanks Nimrod,like up dates from K-town.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 8, 2012 at 1:22 am

Added Goggle Earth view from 1991.

The address for the drive-in is:

110 S Watt Rd, Knoxville, TN

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