Owens Drive-In

6531 MacCorkle Avenue SE,
Charleston, WV 25304

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Owens Drive-In was open in 1953 and was operated by Fred Helwig. It had a capacity for 450 cars, and closed in it’s original location in the early-1970’s to make room for a K Mart which still stands at this location today.

The drive in moved to a new location a little over a mile away in the town of Marmet and stayed open until 1985 until it was demolished to make room for a Kroger store and a Hardees, both are still there today. I remember in the late-1970’s and early-1980’s going to a flea market with my parents and older brother nearly every weekend in Marmet where this drive in was, navigating around hundreds of speaker poles and playing around the huge screen.

Any more info on Owens Drive-In would be greatly appreciated.

Contributed by Jay Harvey
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