Rosa Drive-In

Hinks Height Road,
Middlesboro, KY 40965

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Rosa Drive-In

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The Rosa Drive-In was opened prior to 1955. This theater closed years ago. Capacity was for 400 cars.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Chuck, thanks for clearing that up. I have family in the Cumberland Gap area so i would visit the old site.So now its a gas station. I was able to video tape it.
Also visited the TAZEWELL DRIVE-In over the mountain in Tenn. It is on CT.
Is the 4 plex still open in the mall. I couldn’t believe the prices for first run movies! {cheap}

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Your picture on the ROSA Reda drive in looked great,Chuck.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Now Showing at the ROSA DRIVE-in,Oct,23.1964 “LOSS OF INNOCENCE” and “STOP ME BEFORE I KILL” other movies to follow were in this order; “SHOCK CORRIDOR” “THE GUN HAWK” “LASSIE’S GREAT ADVENTURE” and “STRAIT-JACKET”, Oct 10 1964 “TO HELL AND BACK” “THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS” “FEUDIN'FUSSIN' and FIGHTIN'” and “CAPTAIN NEWMAN, M.D.” and June 3 1963 sees “SPARTACUS”. Be nice if some folks from Middlesboro cared about their old Drive-in.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Feb.18 1964 and “THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH” is playing. with Albert Jones and Betty Jones,Who? “GUNSLINGER” was the second feature. And SUNDAY ONLY AT THE ROSA, “THE WORLD BY NIGHT” a tour of the world famous Night spots,Boring!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Sept 2 1971 sees the Rosa Drive-in playing “THE GREAT WHITE HOPE” basically a black movie in a county where I would bet in the seventies and even today is 90% white.Where was the Market in this town?Second feature was “THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” even this movie is a bad selection for a mainly Mountain/Rural area.

Feb.5 1973 and “THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS” is playing.And if they didn’t leave early during the first feature,you can bet by reel two the ROSA was empty,“HAROLD and MAUDE” not a Middlesboro Flick.Was the second feature.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm

April 18 1973 the X-rated “FRITZ THE CAT” opens at the ROSA DRIVE-in with “SWEET BABY CHARLIE” as the second feature.

Dec.8 1972 and it is X-rated features. “RIDE HARD,RIDE WILD” and “7 DARLING GIRLS”. THE ROSA always had a short subject before the features started.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Film Booker on Acid. Triple Feature at the ROSA DRIVE-in
and “NIGHT OF THE LEPUS” .Give me a break. Can’t make this up.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Another Film booker smoking something! June 1 1979 “PART 2 WALKING TALL” and the X-rated “MYRA BRECKENRIDGE”. Only at the ROSA DRIVE-n.

chuckowens on February 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I was at a meeting last week with several people I work with. We were discussing the Rosa and several other spots in Middlesboro. For many years, cars pulled off Highway 25E and watched the show at the Rosa from the side of the road. One fellow said his mother made he and his brothers hide their eyes as they drove by in the the 1970’s!

jwmovies on November 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

Above address is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 3000 US Highway 25E. Now Pilot Travel Center.

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