Drive Up Date Night: Our Claim to Iconic Drive-In Theaters

The summer season brings fresh mountain air, country back roads, and road trips close to home. And, we’re betting you wouldn’t mind a cozy night under the stars, your favorite snacks, and a classic movie.

Although there were drive-in theaters as early as 1933, they’ve become more of a rarity in the 21st Century with less than 400 in existence in the United States today. A hot spot for an affordable night out, the peak of nostalgic drive-ins took place during the 1950s and 60s. However, there has been a resurgence of the popular weekend activity among folks of all ages.

Luckily, Northeast Tennessee is home to two of only thirteen vintage drive-in theaters in the entire state.


Stateline Drive-In

The Stateline Drive-In located in Elizabethton has been family owned and operated since 1947. The iconic attraction offers seasonal films April through September on Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:45 p.m. A popular spot on Saturday nights, the theatre attracts folks from neighboring North Carolina and Kentucky with classic films such as Smokey And The Bandit showing on opening weekend.


Twin City Drive-In

Located in Bristol, near the state line of Tennessee and Virginia, you’ll find Twin City Drive-In. Open Thursday through Monday during summer months begin at 8:40 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The first movie is dedicated towards a younger audience and families, while the later movie is typically rated PG-13. This family owned theater was built along Beaver Creek Knobs in 1949, and is steps away from the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway.

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