9233 Oak Ridge Highway,
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The Burchfield Drive-In was located in the small Knox County community of Solway, which is right across the Clinch River from Oak Ridge. It was opened around 1953/1954, and according to an article in The Oak Ridger, the Burchfield Drive-In was run by W.J. Hatfield who operated the Skyway Drive-In and Elza Drive-In in Oak Ridge.
The history of the Burchfield Drive-In is quite interesting as it currently sits as the bottom of the Clinch River. It operated until the early-1960’s when the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) began construction of the Melton Hill Dam. With the completion of the dam in 1963, the Burchfield Drive-In sat on land that was subsequently flooded as part of the TVA project. Even today when the water level of the Clinch River gets low, one can seen the remains of the drive-in, including the concession stand.
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