Kanauga Drive-In

1483 State Route 7 North,
Gallipolis, OH 45631

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Kanauga Drive-In

Opened on September 9, 1950 and operated by Harry Wheeler. The opening movie was Randolph Scott in “Colt 45”. The Kanauga Drive-In remained open until 2008, operated by Harry’s son Tom. It had an 80-foot by 50-foot screen and a capacity for 400 cars. It was demolished in January 2011

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JKB355 on July 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm

It is definitely open. They were playing the Indiana Jones new movie just recently. I intend to go several times this summer in case it’s the last.

Marsha on July 6, 2008 at 7:07 am

I too, am frustrated about the disconnected phone number. I have tried calling there several times this year. I have some friends in Point Pleasant, so I will talk one of them into driving by to see what the sign says, just for verification.

JKB355 on July 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

Like I said it IS open. My friend drives by everyday. Hulk and Wall-e are playing currently.

JKB355 on July 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

The same friend was just there to see Indiana Jones and Iron Man.

DotMan on July 7, 2008 at 6:16 am

Here is a current pic of the Colony Theatre in Gallipolis. This phone is disconnected but maybe contacting the Colony could help.

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wvphotogirl on July 13, 2008 at 3:16 pm


Here is their website as of July 13th, 2008. We saw Kung Fu Panda last night. It is OPEN!!

RoadsideArchitecture.com on February 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

The screen tower & the remains of this drive-in were demolished January 2011.
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Drive-In 54 on August 28, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Kanauga Drive-In Theater – Gallipolis, Ohio here

Kenmore on March 31, 2023 at 7:06 am

Today, the outline, ramps, and part of the entrance ramp are the only remains of the drive-in.

And, although it is difficult to confirm with the Google Street photos, a light pole that sits just to the west of the power lines may also have been a part of the drive-in.

50sSNIPES on September 14, 2023 at 2:02 pm

The actual opening date is September 9, 1950 with a one-day showing of Randolph Scott in “Colt 45” with no extra short subjects.

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