Hampton Drive-In

1323 W. Pembroke Avenue,
Hampton, VA 23661

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Previously operated by: Sidney B. Lust Theaters

Architects: George M. Peterson

Previous Names: Sidney Lust Drive-In

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Sidney Lust's Drive-In exterior

Built at a cost of $175,000, the Sydney Lust Drive-In opened on April 19, 1949 with Claudette Colbert in “Drums Along the Mohawk”. It had a capacity for 716 cars.

The name was changed to the Hampton Drive-in around 1969. The Hampton Drive-In closed around 1980.

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Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

kencmcintyre on September 9, 2006 at 3:19 pm

Here is a 1948 photo of Mr. Lust’s drive-in:

mikemorano on September 9, 2006 at 3:38 pm

Where is the 1948 date on the photo? Perhaps you can point out my oversight.

kencmcintyre on September 11, 2006 at 5:40 am

There is a page before this on the site that gives dates and some history. I usually post the larger photo.

wsasser on December 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

I just posted a photo of the Opening Ad for the Sidney Lust Drive In Theater dated April 15, 1949

wsasser on February 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Operated as the Sidney Lust from 1949 to 1969 then became the Hampton Drive in from 1969 to 1979. XXX in its last days. The rear of the big screen faced the Pembroke Ave, the main drag at that time between Newport News and Hampton.

Kenmore on April 20, 2016 at 8:36 am

A closer address (at least for Google) is 1323 W. Pembroke, Hampton, VA. Today, the Hamptom Commerce Center industrial park sits on the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining. http://tinyurl.com/jfncgpf

davidcoppock on October 3, 2020 at 11:12 pm

Opened with 5 cartoons(Donald Duck, Disney’s Pluto, Andy Panda, Mickey Mouse, and Woody Woodpecker) and “Drums along the Mohawk”.

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