Ranch W Drive-in

2130 US Highway 278,
Hokes Bluff, AL 35903

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Ranch W Drive-in

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Ward Wright was the owner and operator of the Tower Theatre and Grove Theater during their years of operation in Gadsden. Wright had enjoyed such success with his first two theatres that plans were under way to open a third one on U.S. 278, near the Gadsden-Hokes Bluff city limits. The Ranch W Drive-In opened July 19, 1952, on the Piedmont Highway. It only operated for a season, closing later in 1952.

Contributed by Mike Goodson

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

Mike..I was looking at TOPO maps but could not find it. Where was it located at?

Thanks for submission and picture!!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

I think I have found it @ 2130 US Hwy 278 Highway, Gadsden, AL 35903. On Drive-ins.com there is a opening day ad for it. Built in 1951 and opened in 1952. Closed in 1952. Anymore information would be great.

Mike Goodson
Mike Goodson on March 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

Going east it was just outside of Gadsden in Hokes Bluff,less than a mile. I can just barely remember the old sign.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

Look at aerial I posted and goggle maps the address? Is that you think?

Mike Goodson
Mike Goodson on March 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

Looks like it! This theatre did not last long. A real unusual story!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

Great!! Thanks for uploading the old picture. That helped!!

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