Emmet Street and Hydraulic Road,
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Initial history via Phil James.
The Ridge Drive-In was opened for business in Charlottesville, VA, “around Eastertime” in 1950, with entrances on Route 29 and Rugby Road Extended. It was owned and operated by Neighborhood Theaters, Inc., who already had purchased the Jefferson Theatre, Lafayette Theatre and University Theatre in Charlottesville, VA. Morton G. Thalheimer of Richmond was president of Neighborhood Theaters. Walter Crummett, who had been the former assistant manager at the Lafayette Theatre, was the drive-in’s first manager. The screen tower was 64 feet high. The Ridge Drive-In was closed in 1979.
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