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Elinda Ann Drive-In Theatre

Whitesburg KY

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #33902  
 Opened: 1949
 Closed: 1963
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by Ben Luntz.

This was not just a drive-in theater, but had a walk-in section where people (about 125) could sit inside and view the movie on the outside screen through plate glass windows that ran across the entire front section called the "Walk-in Section." This enclosed section was heated in the winter and cooled by fans during the summer.

You could walk from the walk-in section to an upward slanting hallway that took you up to the concession area without ever having to go outside. The walk-in section ran as part of the arc of a circle and ran in front of and parallel to the first row of cars. The walk-in section was lower and partly down in the ground so that its roof did not block the screen for any of the cars behind it and anyone in the walk-in section could see the entire screen from where they were sitting.

My father designed the drive-in with its walk-in section using my mother's large collection of different-sized salad bowls. After he built the drive-in, he named it after my sister, Elinda Ann.


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Last featured 7/19/2009. Last edited 9/19/2010.

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