Lebanon Road Drive-In

3430 Lebanon Pike,
Hermitage, TN 37076

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Previous Names: Donelson Drive-In

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Lebanon Road Drive-In

The Donelson Drive-In was opened August 10, 1956 with John Wayne in “The Searchers”. It was renamed Lebanon Road Drive-In in 1958. The opening day movie is listed as a western called “Joe Dakota” starring Jock Mahoney. The Lebanon Road Drive-In closed in at the end of the 1979 season and has been demolished.

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on May 19, 2005 at 1:24 pm

Saw “That Darn Cat” here as kid in our 1962 Chevy II station wagon sitting on the tailgate. Back then the address really was Lebanon Road rather than Lebanon Pike.

TLSLOEWS on September 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Listed at this address now is Shear Perfection Barber Shop and Steel Magnolilas Salon and Gift Boutque.

JimDandy on June 25, 2014 at 8:37 am

I saw “That Darn Cat” here as well, along with other such Disney live-action “gems” which were about the only movies our grandparents would take us kids to see.

We used to eat at the Shoney’s across Lebanon Rd., and I’d sit at the window staring across, hoping to catch a glimpse of something racy on the screen when they were showing an R-rated film.

TomMc11 on August 31, 2017 at 7:49 am

It looks like the old marquee is still in use, for Planet Fitness. Very tall sign with a swooping arrow pointing in the direction of the old DI.

cindypendley on February 14, 2021 at 2:36 pm

I am looking for photos of this theatre. If you can help me, please email me at cjpendley at iCloud or PM me on FB. I am trying to write a Donelson TN history book. My Donelson TN pictorial history page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/groups/donelsonhistory

cindypendley on February 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm

@TomMc11 That is not the Drive In sign. That sign was left behind when the Hills department store abandoned. the building on the NW side of the lot was the location of the department store in the 1980s.

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