Crab Orchard Drive-In

317 Porter Street,
Beckley, WV 25801

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Operating by 1955, the Crab Orchard Drive-In makes Cinema Treasures because of an advertisement I saw in the September 7, 1964 edition of Boxoffice. It was one of many drive-ins getting the Golden Hot-Shot car heaters installed by Eprad Theatre Supply.

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tragiclaura
tragiclaura on November 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I came here in the early 80s and saw a double feature of FLASHDANCE and FOOTLOOSE.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on July 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I never saw a movie there, but I can remember going through Crab Orchard on the way to Beckley in the back seat of mom and dads car and seeing that ominous, gigantic movie screen for many years. I don’t think it was demolished until the early 90’s. There is a Food Lion and auto parts store in that location now.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on August 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Drove by the location of the old Crab Orchard drive-in today, and noticed that the concrete foundation for the snack bar or projection booth was still there! Will have to stop soon and look and see if their are any more remains to be found!

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on November 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Theater Owners Corporation owned the Crab Orchard drive in in 1955

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