Howard Auto Theatre

Highway 27,
Nashville, AR 71852

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Located in Nashville, Arkansas, in the southwest part of the state, The Nashville Drive-In held room for 240 cars and was owned in the late-1950’s by K. Lee Williams Circuit.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 14, 2011 at 11:32 am

Probably is Chuck.My info once again came from my OLD 1956 Motion Picture Almanac.wish they would QUIT changing names.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm

PLEASE CHANGE NAME TO:

NASHVILLE DRIVE-IN

AKA:

NONE

REMOVE:

HIGHWAY 27

THE FILM DAILY YEAR BOOK OF MOTION PICTURES 1967 FORTY-NINTH EDITION

“Arkansas
Nashville:
Howard Auto
Nashville Drive-In”

Two Different Drive-Ins open at the same time.

Nashville Drive-In

Open ~1955-~1969? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Held 240 cars

Owner:

K. Lee Williams Theaters, Inc. of DeQueen, Ark., R.L. Robison, President & Gen. Mgr., they had 13 theaters in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

More info and photos are always welcome.

kcallaham
kcallaham on April 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

It was opened in the early 50’s. The markee always read Howard Auto Drive-In. May grandfather managed and then owned it until his retirement in the early 1980’s. It was on HWY27. Some of my favorite and worst memories where here. I love getting to go visit, and work in the snackbar. The fliers that he would pass out to surrounding towns everytime the movies changed would also list it as Nashville drive-in. It also suffered several fires, and i can remember as a young child watching everyone in the family coming together to rebuild. My favorite thing to do was sit on the rails in front of the projection booth, and try to talk into the huge fan that was there to try to keep moths out of the light. Hope that helps to explain the descrepency in the name.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Thanks kcallaham.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Good story kcallaham,so many good stories,bet you have more,Pictures?

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