Byrds View Drive-In

Ellisville Drive and Blue Ridge Road,
Louisa, VA 23093

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Previous Names: Holt's Open Air Theatre

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The 1948-1949 edition of Theatre Catalog listed a Holt’s Open Air Theatre on Route 5 in Louisa. It had a capacity for 50 cars and was a portable operation operated by John Holt.

The Byrds View Drive-In opened in 1949 and as far as I can tell it closed in 1949. The advertisement for the grand opening is dated September 10, 1949.

In the late-1940’s a resort community was planned near Lake Louisa called the Blue Ridge Shores. The community of Blue Ridge Shores is still there today but for some unknown reason there is no mention of the Byrds Drive-In after 1949.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

ghamilton on July 1, 2005 at 7:35 am

Mr.Memory,you are awesome.Does your seer stone reveal what the indoor theater’s fate was in Louisa?

ksacra on January 22, 2006 at 10:23 pm

the indoor theater in louisa burned in the 50’s, was replaced by a drive in that closed late 80’s i think, a bank is on the site of the indoor theater and a mini storage at the site of the drive in

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Kscara,if you are still into CT since your last post was 2006.Louisa.Va. had the Tally Drive-in in the late 50’s.It parked just 200 cars and was owned by Independent Theatre Service.

TLSLOEWS on May 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Great Name and it only lasted 1 year.

davidcoppock on March 17, 2018 at 7:57 am

Why the name Byrds View?

kennerado on April 9, 2020 at 7:22 am

Although it only lasted one year it looks like the screen and possibly the concession building actually stood until the mid 60’s.

Kenmore on April 9, 2020 at 10:32 am

There seems to be some confusion with the Byrds View and Tally-Ho Drive-Ins in Louisa.

The Tally-Ho was located at 4070 Davis HWY on the east side of town. It lasted well into the 1960s and perhaps even to 1980 as it was still intact. By 1982, the screen was gone and by 1994 a mini-storage was on the property.

The address listed here for the Byrds View Drive-In was several miles north of town. It shows no physical evidence of it being present at the intersection in a 1959 aerial. Although if it was a “portable” drive-in, then there probably would not be any evidence 10 years after closing.

However, Lake Louisa did not exist in 1959 as the dam had not been put in place yet. So, given that the address listed was “Route 5”, is it possible that the drive-in was located somewhere else?

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