Bellwood Drive-In

9201 Jefferson Davis Highway,
Richmond, VA 23237

1015 cars

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Previously operated by: Fabian Theaters, Neighborhood Theatres

Architects: Michael J. DeAngelis

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Bellwood Drive-In

The Bellwood Drive-In was opened on May 27, 1948 by the Fabian Theaters chain. It was the largest drive-in in Richmond. It had a capacity for 1,015 cars and by 1953 was operated by Neighborhood Theatres. In 1979 a second screen was added. In 1986 the Bellwood Drive-In closed and became the Bellwood Flea Market.

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ElCartero on June 21, 2008 at 4:13 am

Links to some photos from 1948 are on this page:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

The Bellwood Drive-In was designed by Michael J. DeAngelis, according to Boxoffice of February 5, 1949.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2010 at 11:46 pm

My 1956 motion picture ALMANAC has this drive in parking only 800 cars,not 1015. It was owned by Petersburg Pike Drive-in Theatre Corp. Of all the Richmond Drive-ins it was the largest.

Patsy on August 15, 2010 at 1:14 am

I never knew that Michael DeAngelis built a drive-in. Amazing talent. Thanks Joe as I enjoy your posts.

cinemascope on November 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm

One of the biggest crowds we ever drew here were to see a New York rapper live in person. She was “The Real Roxanne” and rapped on top of a flatbed truck bunted like a stage. We showed rap films BEAT STREET, etc. after the performance and the crowd was so large the hotels complained about the noise.

DebbieRiddleBell on January 20, 2012 at 1:52 am

I have been involved with the Drive-in Flea Market since I was 2 years old. I just celebrated my 33rd year working for them. My parents met there and have been managers since I was 2. My entire family has worked there including mother, father, sister brother, nieces and nephews, brother in law and husband. Anyone who has been there will know my family. I really miss the drive in and wish that it was open now. I think that it would bring some crowds back in. There is nothing left in our area anymore besides in Midlothian and colonial heights. I invite everyone to come out and browse our wall of photos past and present.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on January 20, 2012 at 3:49 am

I worked there occasionally as a projectionist when it was a single-screener. The Simplex X-Ls and Peerless Hi-Candescent carbon arc lamps put out a beautiful picture, both flat and scope. I still drive by it occasionally, and it is sad to see it with the screens missing.

dansdriveintheater on November 25, 2018 at 12:37 pm

well then debbie riddle bell any interest in reopening the drive-in

MichaelKilgore on January 5, 2023 at 3:27 am

According to a photo caption published May 20, 1948 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Bellwood was scheduled to open “on or about May 27” that year.

50sSNIPES on June 7, 2023 at 11:35 pm

The Bellwood opened its gates on May 28, 1948 with Randolph Scott in “Gunfighters” along with two shorts (one of which was listed as “Animal Speaks” which I don’t know where that came from) and a cartoon.

The Bellwood closed for the final time on September 26, 1986 with “Haunted Honeymoon” and “Summer Rental” at Screen 1 and “Shanghai Surprise” and “Fire With Fire” at Screen 2.

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