Parkaway Drive-In

Roberts Matthews Highway,
Sparta, TN 38583

300 cars

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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.

MichaelKilgore 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.