Carefree Drive-In

Highway 61/62,
Oliver Springs, TN 37840

250 cars

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The Carefree Drive-In was opened prior to 1955. I don’t know a lot about the Carefree Drive In, but I do remember driving by it in the mid-1970’s. I never actually saw a movie there. If I remember correctly, the entrance of the drive-in was at the dead end of a side street on the left side of Highway 62 if you were driving from Oak Ridge and/or towards Coalfield. I don’t know when it closed.

Contributed by Bob Brown

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 14, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Bob,this East Tennessee Drive-in was showing movies in 1956 and parked 250 cars it was owned by M.D. Williams.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I have a KNOXVILLE paper,Sept.24.1967 that has THE CAREFREE DRIVE-in On HIGHWAY 61,not 62 as Mr.Brown has stated. They were playing in case Mr.Brown wants to know “DON’T MAKE WAVES” Tony Curtis,Admission $1.00.Now Wednesday.

Coming next was"FASTEST GUITAR ALIVE" and “YOUR CHEATING HEART”

After that for Saturday night was “GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH” and"EVERYDAY IS A HOLIDAY".

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Only in Tennessee.Sorry Tlsloews.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm

No Problem Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

TLSLOEWS.Does that make sense what Chuck1231 wrote. i know its fact Highway 61 and 62 are the same highway.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Like you said only in Tennessee.

bbrown1
bbrown1 on March 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I lived in East Tennessee, in and around Knoxville, from 1972 until 1978. One of the great things about the KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL at the time was that in Friday’s paper, in addition to ads for the Knoxville theaters and drive-ins, they also had a feature called “showing at area drive-ins” where you could find out what was showing at drive-ins in the surrounding small towns. There were so many of them then. I would have never believed at the time that virtually all of them would have disappeared so fast!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Bbrown, I had relatives in East Tenn. and somehow managed to save a few SENTINELS,that is where i am getting my movies. I think most towns the size of Knoxville had in friday’s paper what was showing and what was coming next week. My paper here in Augusta had the same thing,and yes i saved a few of them.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was Hannah and Carl south of HWYS 61/62.

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