Southwest Twin Drive-In

4233 S. 3rd Street,
Memphis, TN 38103

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Southwest Twin Drive-In

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Opened as the single screen 61 Drive-In (for Highway 61 which is also S. 3rd Street) it operated from 1956 to 1965. Re-opened in 1968 as the Southwest Twin Drive-In, it was the last drive in to open in Memphis. It was owned and operated by Malco. From the mid-1980’s through the early-2000’s, the Southwest Twin Drive-In and the Summer Quartet Drive-In were the only drive-ins in Memphis. I believe it closed in 2001. The last time I drove by, it was still completely intact, though that has been several years ago. It was still in that condition in 2016.

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ChrisB on July 5, 2013 at 3:30 am

Property is going up for auction on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Info and photos here:

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

Also home of Memphis Jockey Lot, Flea Market.

vastor on October 7, 2014 at 6:06 am

61 DRIVE-IN 1961-65, SOUTHWEST TWIN 1968-2000

TomMc11 on September 5, 2017 at 11:27 am

October 2016 Google Street View shows the drive-in pretty much still intact. The marquee sign is long gone though. There is a public auction sign near one of the exits that has the words “seized property” on it, but I cannot read any of the smaller words.

Iceberg on October 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

The 61 Drive-in was open earlier than stated above. It was open in 1956, at least, and that may have been the year it began operation. There hasn’t been any mention here of the Rosalie, which was a drive-in theater that I think was on Highway 61 and which operated for a few years in the 1940’s. I think it was Memphis' second drive-in to open, following several years after the one on Lamar. Does anyone know if it was in the same location as the 61 and Southwest Twin later were?

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