Melody Drive-In

7055 S. US Highway 35,
Knox, IN 46534

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Melody Drive-In

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The Melody Drive-In was opened around 1950 as a single screen theatre with a capacity for 400 cars, on what was then Route 3. It was operated by J.R. Hand.

The Melody Drive-In continues to operate today, now as a twin screen theatre.

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Added some pictures from there Facebook page.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on September 1, 2015 at 3:07 am

The Melody Drive-In opened July 22, 1949 as a single-screen 500-car screen operated by G.V. Banta, T. Vitello and J. Richard Hand. To celebrate the showing of “The Music Man,” star Forrest Tucker made a two-day personal appearance on Jul 17-18, 1959. The Drive-In continued into the digital projection era.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on September 1, 2015 at 8:27 am

Has something collapsed behind the marquee?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm

The screen tower came down. They installed a new one. Look at the pictures.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on June 28, 2017 at 6:13 pm

There’s an old YouTube video, uploaded in 2010 but apparently from 2006. Owner Fred Heise says he has owned the Melody since 1970, “bought it from my father that year.”

All three owners are in the 1952 Theatre Catalog, but the 1955-56 edition only mentions J. R. Hand. Both set the capacity at 400.

The 1959-76 IMPAs list it in Bass Lake, capacity 300, run by the Melody Theatre Co. The 1982 IMPA has the capacity down to 200.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on June 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

One more thing: The IMPAs listed the Melody as a single-screen drive-in through its last list in 1988. When did they add a second screen? It had to have been before 2013, when a storm knocked down one of the two screens.

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