A Beloved 54-Year Old Drive-In Theater in Kentucky is Closing But Offering Hope to a New Entrepreneur
END OF AN ERA
It's the end of an era in Franklin, Kentucky. The Franklin Drive-In, which opened way back in 1969, has been sold. And the beloved drive-in theater is going to close after an impressive and memory-making 54-year run.
The announcement was shared via social media on Monday.
Franklin is located just south of Bowling Green on the TN border.
REACTIONS TO FRANKLIN DRIVE-IN CLOSING
Reaction to the announcement came quickly and movie-goers in the area expressed their sadness.
Lori Hart shared- Absolutely devastating. We are losing our history & the soul of our culture. Its all dying and its so painful. To become what? Apartments? Horrific. Thanks for the memories.
Emily Waltenbaugh- I’m so glad we made the drive up from Nashville a few times. I’m sure this was a tough decision. Thanks for the happy memories, and good luck in your next chapter!
Amy Woosley- Thank you all for the many years of memories our family has shared at your drive-in. This is a huge loss for an amazing place for families. May your retirement be filled with love and laughter and all things good! You will be missed.
Shelly Land- This makes me tremendously sad because no joke…I was there almost every single weekend!! This was my place to go and just sit and relax and enjoy movies. I will miss y’all sooooo much!! Thank y’all so much for keeping it open and operating all these years! I love y’all!!
Tammy Medley- We will miss you tremendously. Thank you for drive in all these years. It holds a very special place in my heart. We have so many special memories there with our kids. I’m so saddened but understand y’all wanting to retire. Oh my heart is heavy hearing the news.
Where Can I Find Other KY Drive-In Theaters?
The closure of the Franklin Drive-In means there are just five such theaters left in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. These are the remaining locations in the state.
SKYLINE DRIVE-IN (Greensburg)
SAUERBECK FAMILY DRIVE-IN (LaGrange)
JUDY DRIVE-IN (Mount Sterling)
BOURBON DRIVE-IN (Paris)
STANFORD DRIVE-IN (Stanford)
Owensboro, KY is just nine miles south of the Holiday Drive-In, which opened in Rockport, Indiana in 1955. It remains operational today.
For a complete directory of the remaining drive-in movie theaters throughout the U.S., CLICK HERE!