Lee Hi Drive-In

1746 Apperson Drive,
Salem, VA 24153

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Lee Hi Drive-In

Located on the Lee Highway between Salem & Roanoke. The Lee Hi Drive-In opened on June 7, 1948 with Jeanne Crain in “Margie”. It was rebuilt and reopened on March 18, 1955. It was operated by J.R. Francis. It had a capacity for 600 cars. It closed at the end of the 1981 season.

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ghamilton on June 13, 2005 at 3:04 pm

Saw TORA TORA there.Then you’d head to Lendy’s a few hundred yards West for that after theater treat and to see who was with who.It was a pretty good drive in.The valley used to have several,all long gone.I guess the Hull is the closest one to Roanoke now.Hope this fellow will list the legendary drive in S on 220.

ghamilton on June 14, 2005 at 1:01 am

Mucho thanks for the Lendy’s pages.Boy!Did those waft me back through the ages.I remembered my fender-bender in the Franklin Rd.location on prom night ‘64.I would have one disagreement,a lot of Cave Spring people went to Lee Hi.Yeas that was the 220 Drive In I was refering to.I remember it ,like the Salem Theater,had a brief turn showing porn before the lights went out.Have you been to the place on Shenedoah Ave that serves Lendy’s food?

jeffreyclay on May 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Roanoke had so many Drive Ins for its size during 1960-1985. I remember the North 11 Drive In, The Dixie Drive In, The Lee Hi Drive In,The Shanendoah Drive In, The Trail Drive In and the 220 Drive In.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

This Drive-in wasn’t listed in the 1956 motion Picture Almanac for some reason.

rivest266 on February 7, 2023 at 10:54 am

This opened as the Lee Hi Drive-In on June 7th, 1948 and renamed the North 11 Drive-In on August 13th, 1949. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on February 8, 2023 at 3:37 pm

Major Correction: The Lee Hi Drive-in and the North 11 Drive-In were two separate drive-ins.

The Lee High in Salem opened on July 7th, 1948, and rebuilt and reopened on March 18th, 1955.

The North 11 Drive-In opened on August 13th, 1949, on Williamston Road in Roanoke. Will be submitting the North 11 Drive-In shortly.

rivest266 on February 15, 2023 at 4:21 pm

Last season: 1981.

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