Sumner Drive-In

1401 Nashville Pike,
Gallatin, TN 37066

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Sumner Drive-In

The Sumner Drive-In was the last drive-in in the Hendersonville/ Gallatin area. It had been in operation since at least 1950. It was featured in a Hank Williams, Jr. video he did for Monday night football. It was closed at the end of the 1999 season.

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bauhaus on April 22, 2007 at 1:08 am

Saw MAS*H there.

kencmcintyre on May 19, 2007 at 3:44 pm

There is a photo of the marquee on this page:

kencmcintyre on June 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Here is another 1984 photo. Misidentified as the Summer Drive-In:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

All that marquee and all they could put up was"ET" lazy employees.

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Maybe thats all the letters they had.

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm

And Ken it was Sumner not Summer.

edina39 on September 24, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Loved this drive-in. Went many times when I was in college. I took a pair of car-hop speakers and wired them to my home stereo. Still have them out in my living room and they both work. Hated to see it torn down. If I’m not mistaken, half of the neon is on display somewhere in Gallatin and the other half at the Stardust out in Watertown.

MichaelKilgore on March 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm

Wilson Living Magazine said the Sumner closed at the end of the 1999 season, and that two of the patrons in the audience were inspired to build their own drive-in, which became the Stardust in Watertown.

AlanCo4 on December 14, 2020 at 11:05 am

Was still there in 2006.

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