Newport Drive-In

613 W. Broadway,
Newport, TN 37821

300 cars

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The Newport Drive-In was operating by 1955. It was one of three drive-ins in Newport during the 1970’s. It was on Highway 25 towards the center of town. The Woodzo Drive-In and the adjacent Scenic Drive-In being on the outskirts of town.

Contributed by Bob Brown

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mikerogers2009
mikerogers2009 on January 8, 2010 at 12:58 am

From I-40 North you could see the screen of the Newport Drive-In. Beside it was the Woodzo Drive-In whose screen was opposite so you saw the back. It could have easily been a twin drive-in but both drive-ins were separate.

The Newport parked 200 cars and was owned by Newport Amusements. Surprizingly the last time I drove by, the box office was still standing as well as the marquee. The screen was also still standing but most of it was gone. The concessions and booth had stood for a long time but had been bulldozed down. I walked through the torn down concessions and could find nothing but a frame for a now showing slide-in insert. I tried to unscrew it but didn’t have a screwdriver so it was left behind. Maybe one day I’ll get it!

Newport had three drive-ins, The Newport, The Woodzo, and another that I can’t remember the name but it was clearly the newest. A shopping center that’s now closed is in that location. It faced a radio station on a East Tennessee ridge. I always thought the DJs could catch a nice movie. No sound but they could clearly see the screen.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 30, 2012 at 1:22 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 613 W Broadway.

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