Burchfield Drive-In

Oak Ridge Highway,
Solway, TN 37931

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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 prior to 1955, 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. According to the article, ‘When the water is low, the ridges of the parking area of the Burchfield Drive-In can be seen just west of the bridge, if one uses just a bit of imagination.’ So I assume the drive-in was swallowed up by Melton Hill Lake when Melton Hill Dam was completed in 1963.

Contributed by Bob Brown

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Yes,Bob I have no mention of the BIRCHFIELD Drive-in in my 1956 Motion Picture Almanac,so bet it was closed way before 1963.Thanks for finding the BIRCHFIELD.

NYozoner on November 28, 2014 at 6:38 am

The name of the road near the bridge is Burchfield Road, therefore it is very likely that the name of the drive-in would have been the Burchfield Drive-In, and not Birchfield. A historical newspaper ad would clear that up, if anyone can dig one up from 1950-54.

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