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Kentucky still has 8 remaining drive-in movie theaters. Kentucky has always shined brightly among the American drive-in states. There are 120 counties in Kentucky and back at its peak in the 1950's, there were approximately 120 drive-ins in the state. Almost 95% of them have closed (with a very high number of closures in the last 10 years) and now there are only 8 operating drive-ins that remain in Kentucky. One of the reasons for the large number of recent closings is that Kentucky had a large number of small, rural single screen drive-ins that simply could not afford to switch to digital projection and therefore were forced to close.

Open Drive-ins

Calvert Drive-in
111 Drive in Ln
Calvert City, KY 42029

The Calvert Drive-in opened during the early days of America's drive-in boom back in 1953. It has been opened ever since. It is a single screen thea...more about Calvert Drive-in
Franklin Drive-in
6250 Nashville Road
Franklin, KY 42134

Established in the later years of America's drive-in boom in 1969, the Franklin Drive-in is one of the lucky survivors of them many Kentucky drive-ins...more about Franklin Drive-in
Judy Drive-in
4078 Maysville Road
Mount Sterling, KY 40353

The Judy Drive-in is a single screen drive-in open since 1952. They are open seasonally May thru September. more about Judy Drive-in
Bourbon Drive-in
Jackstown Rd
Paris, KY 40361

The Bourbon Drive-in has been operating since 1956. This single screen drive-in is open seasonally from Spring thru late summer or early Fall. Be aw...more about Bourbon Drive-in
27 Twin Drive-in
5270 US-27
Somerset, KY 42501

The Highway 27 Drive-in came late to the party opening in 1967. Originally opening as a solo screen drive-in, the Highway 27 Drive-in added a second ...more about 27 Twin Drive-in
Stanford Drive-in
1645 Hustonville Road
Stanford, KY 40484

The second smallest of Kentucky's drive-ins with a car capacity of 160 cars, the Standford has been there since 1952. In 1996 a tornado took the scre...more about Stanford Drive-in
Mountain View Drive-in
1327 East College Avenue
Stanton, KY 40380

The Stanton was originally a single screen drive-in when opened in 1956, but they later added a second screen. It has been family owned since 1957 an...more about Mountain View Drive-in
Sky View Drive-in
1500 Celina Road
Tompkinsville, KY 42167

The Sky View Drive-in was opened in 1953 with a capacity for 300 cars. It remains open seasonally March thru October. Movie audio is provided by FM ...more about Sky View Drive-in

Permanantly Closed Drive-ins

Gypsy Drive-in Theater
Louisville Road and Walnut Creek Drive
Bardstown, KY 40004


Tri-City Drive-in
847 U.S. 231
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

The Tri-City Drive-in in Beaver Dam is another recent victim of the "Go Digital or Go Dark" epidemic facing the drive-in community. The drive-in just...more about Tri-City Drive-in
Moonlite Drive-in
Kentucky 11 and State Highway 1938
Booneville, KY 41311


Corbin Drive-in Theater
1311 Cumberland Falls Highway
Corbin, KY 40701


Starlite Drive-in
2534 Highway 60 E
Henderson, KY 42420


Irvington Drive-in
14362 U.S. 60
Irvington, KY 40146

The Irvington Drive-in was not killed by digital, but a tornado. After the tornado destroyed the screen in 2002, the owners decided not to rebuild it...more about Irvington Drive-in
Route 7 Drive-in

Jeremiah, KY 41826

Before its closing early this century, the Route7 Drive-in was the smallest of Kentucky's remaining drive-ins (and probably one of the smallest in the...more about Route 7 Drive-in
Kenwood Drive-in
7001 Southside Drive
Louisville, KY 40214

Until its recent closure in 2009, the Kenwood Drive-in was a lot of things. It was Louisville's only remaining drive-in. It was one of the largest d...more about Kenwood Drive-in
Preston Drive-in
6705 Preston Highway
Louisville, KY 40219


Knox Drive-in Theater
514 West Vine Street
Radcliff, KY 40160


Sky Vue Twin Drive-in
5909 Lexington Rd
Winchester, KY 40391

Until its recent closing in 2015, the Sky Vue Twin Drive-in was Kentucky's oldest operating drive-in as it was opened in 1948. It was originally open...more about Sky Vue Twin Drive-in
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