Family Drive-In

1490 Market Street,
Charlestown, IN 47111

250 cars

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This was a drive-in theater that was in the far corner of town, just up the road and to the left of the high school, I think. I was just kid when I was taken there so I don’t remember much, other than it was there. I remember that the screen sat against the woods.

By 1955, it had been renamed Family Drive-In.

Contributed by Matt Kemp

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm

THE CHARLESTON DRIVE IN in 1956 parked 275 cars and was owned by E.L. ORNSTEIN , a man that owned several Drive ins in your State.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on December 17, 2009 at 9:37 pm

The property that the drive-in stood on is still recognizable on Google Maps. It’s on the north edge of town off of SR 3/Market Street and is still obvious by its triangular shape and the rows where the cars parked.

jwmovies on September 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1490 Market Street.

dallasmovietheaters on September 5, 2015 at 11:05 am

Opened as the Family Drive-In by Fred Belcher in May of 1951. It advertised only as the Family Drive-In during its run.

jwmovies on October 21, 2016 at 12:57 am

Aka Charlestown Drive-in according to

WayneMartin on September 27, 2017 at 6:54 am

Worked there in 1965-1966, ran the projectors, for Tex & Peggy Richardson…Great fun, I was in high School then..

WayneMartin on September 27, 2017 at 6:56 am

I worked in town at the Venro Theater, Run the Projectors,1965-1966..Was in high school…

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