Bel-Air Drive-In

5849 Charlotte Pike,
Nashville, TN 37209

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Bel-Air Drive-In Marquee

The Bel-Air Drive-In was opened July 17, 1953 with Robert Young in “The Half-Breed”. It parked 640 cars making it one of the larger drive-ins in Nashville. It was owned by C.H. Kuertz.

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Imaxguy
Imaxguy on November 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

The Bel-Air was near the intersection of Charlotte Ave. and White Bridge Road. I trained there as a projectionist. The Drive-in scenes of “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings” was filmed there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Imax i worked the World Premier of the W.W. movie at the Loews Crescent remember anything about that theatre?

Imaxguy
Imaxguy on November 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

As an adult, I never worked there. However, I did go there with my father who was into war films and saw “Von Ryan’s Express”.

Danny Proctor
Danny Proctor on February 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm

We lived near the Bel-Air when I was a child and have many happy memories of the adventure of going to the movies there. We were allowed to wear our pajamas and sometimes we were allowed to sit on the roof of the car, which I’m sure annoyed anyone behind us. I distinctly remember seeing “South Pacific,” “Moby Dick,” “The Ten Commandments,” and some Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis movie there. Somewhere I have a great photo of the marquee but it’s hiding from me. I’ll post it if it turns up.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

Thanks for posting the Nashville Theatres photo Danny.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm

July 17th, 1953 grand opening ad in photo section.

thetnrebel
thetnrebel on December 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm

use to go here when my mother took me and my younger brother to the drive in. Also when me and my wife was dating in 1974 use to go here on dates. It sat across the street from richland school where I went from 1960 til 1966

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 18, 2019 at 11:51 am

Opened with “The half-breed”.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 22, 2019 at 10:04 pm

From Motion Picture Exhibitor, Nov. 13, 1957: “Mark Cummins, Cincinnati, is the new owner, Bel-Air, Colonial, and Warner Park Drive-Ins from the Condra Amusement Company, Nashville, Tenn.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm

From the April 4, 1953 Motion Picture Herald: “Nashville will have a new drive-in theatre soon, to cost $120,000, and to be run by the new Bel-Air Drive-In Theatres Company, of which the president will be Charles Henritz, who also will manage the house. The 700-car unit is expected to start operation June 1. Associated with Mr. Henritz arc Charles Kuertz and James Ferguson.”

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