Parkaway Drive-In

Roberts Matthews Highway,
Sparta, TN 38583

300 cars

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The Park-A-Way Drive-In was opened by 1948.

Contributed by Brandon Sneed

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NeonMichael
NeonMichael on March 20, 2017 at 7:13 am

The 1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists the Park-A-Way, Sparta-Cookeville Hwy., Exec: Jack Mitchell. 12-month, 7-day schedule, single features changing 4 times a week, 300 car capacity. Ditto the 1949-50 Catalog.

It’s gone by the 1952 Catalog. Weird!

The 1959 IMPA lists the Parkaway at 200 cars. It was still listed in the 1976 IMPA but gone by the 1982 edition.

Kenmore
Kenmore on March 21, 2017 at 10:39 am

I posted this on the Sparta Drive-In page, so I apologize if it repeats here.

A 1951 aerial view of Sparta only shows the Sparta Drive-In which is located on the highway between Sparta and Cookeville. There is no indication of another drive-in along that highway between the two towns at that time which I could see.

Given the odd listings in IMPA NeonMichael cited, including the location and similar size in car capacity, it seems that the Sparta and the Park-A-Way may be the same. Or, perhaps a mistake has been made as there is a “Parkaway Drive-In” located in Maryville, TN.

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