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At the time that America was entering into the second World War, there were barely 100 drive-ins across the United States. And within 10 years, Tennessee by itself would have that many. The peak years for drive-ins in Tennessee were in the late 1950's when the state had just over 100. After that, they declined as they did elsewhere. Currently, the state has 13 operating drive-ins in the state.

Open Drive-ins

Swingin' Midway Drive-in
2133 Highway 30 East
Athens, TN 37303

The Midway Drive-in was opened in 1960 and has been lit ever since. They operate seasonally starting in April and ending in October. They allow dogs ...more about Swingin' Midway Drive-in
Twin City Drive-in
2512 Volunteer Parkway
Bristol, TN 37620

The Twin City Drive-in is a well maintained single screen theater in a very picturesque and mostly rural setting. Opened in 1949, the movie screen wa...more about Twin City Drive-in
Birdsong Drive-in
907 Shiloh Church Road
Camden, TN 38320

The Birdsong is a great little drive-in that was opened in 2006. It is on the small side with a single screen and a capacity for about 200 cars. Bu...more about Birdsong Drive-in
Pink Cadillac Drive-in
2506 Highway 100
Centerville, TN 37033

A single screen drive-in showing double features seasonally, the Pink Cadilla Drive-in has been around since 1950.more about Pink Cadillac Drive-in
Stateline Drive-in
2306 State Line Road
Elizabethton, TN 37643

The Stateline Drive-in is a small town, solo screen drive-in with some nice classic touches like the retro marquee and many of the original, tradition...more about Stateline Drive-in
Montana Drive-in Theater
10251 Tullahoma Highway
Estill Springs, TN 37330

Another great new drive-in, the Montana opened as a three screen venue in 2004. They show double features year round. more about Montana Drive-in Theater
Macon Drive-in
3570 Scottsville Road
Lafayette, TN 37083

The Macon Drive-in is Tennessee's second oldest continuously operated drive-in. It is very rural tucked away just south of the Kentucky state line. ...more about Macon Drive-in
Hi-Way 50 Drive-in
1584 Fayetteville Highway
Lewisburg, TN 37091

Tennessee's oldest operating drive-in, the Hi-Way 50, which was opened on 1946, was purchased by new owners in 2014 and they have undertaken extensive...more about Hi-Way 50 Drive-in
Parkway Drive-in
2909 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804

The Parkway Drive-in is another restored and revived successful drive-in. Originally opened in 1950, it was closed in the mid 1980's and sat dark for ...more about Parkway Drive-in
Summer Quartet Drive-in
5310 Summer Avenue
Memphis, TN 38122

Tennessee's largest drive-in theater, the Summer Quartet Drive-in is now open year round and 7 nights a week during peak season. It has 4 screens whi...more about Summer Quartet Drive-in
Sparta Drive-in
220 Roberts Matthews Highway
Sarta, TN 38583

For years, the only feature visible at the Sparta Drive-in was the ravages of time as it had been closed for some time. However, there was a happy en...more about Sparta Drive-in
Stardust Drive-in Theatre
310 Purple Tiger Dr
Watertown, TN 37184

Tennessee's most recent contribution to America's drive-in renaissance is the newly opened (2003 which is new for drive-ins) Stardust Drive-in Theatre...more about Stardust Drive-in Theatre
Moonlite Drive-in
931 West Main Street
Woodbury, TN 37190

The Moonlite Drive-in was opened in 2005. It is a twin screened drive-in that shows double features seasonally.more about Moonlite Drive-in

Permanantly Closed Drive-ins

Broadway Drive-in
3020 Highway 70 East
Dickson City, TN 37055


Dunlap Drive-in
14857 US Highway 127
Dunlap, TN 37327


Sumner Drive-in
1401 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066


Midtown Drive-in Theatre
2734 Roane State Highway
Harriman, TN 37748


Southwest Twin Drive-in
4233 South 3rd Street
Memphis, TN 38103


Valley Drive-in Theatre
5486 U.S. 70
Waverly, TN 37185

It appears the Valley Drive-in was recently closed in 2015. We are not certain of its future.more about Valley Drive-in Theatre