Putnam Drive-In

2301 W. Broad Street,
Cookeville, TN 38501

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2007 Marquee Sign

Opened in 1952, the Putnam Drive-In still sports its screen tower, street sign and marquee, though all are faded and looking more like industrial ruins rather than a rural entertainment center. It was demolished in 1997. The parking area has been leveled and is now used for semi-trailer truck parking.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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jwmovies on November 11, 2012 at 10:10 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2301 West Broad Street.

MichaelKilgore on June 12, 2017 at 1:23 am

From an article in the Cookville Herald-Citizen:

In 1948, while the State Theater was being built in Baxter, Benton Young was opening the Young’s Drive-In Theater on the northeast corner of Highway 70, and Peach Orchard Road.

Four years later, Stacy Wilhite, president of Mid-South Theaters, approached Benton Young with plans to build a bigger and better drive-in theater, with or without Young’s support.

They decided to work together and built a new drive-in theater, the Putnam Drive-In Theater, which opened in 1952, across the street from where Young’s original drive-in theater was. This new theater, the Putnam Drive-In Theater, thrived for almost 40 years.

The 16 acres that it stood on was sold in 1993 to make way for the Mid-South Machine and Supply Co. The owners of Mid-South wanted to save the marquee, because they knew of the historical significance it had to the community, but it was accidentally torn down.

TomMc11 on September 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Ok, if you look at the Historic Aerial from 1950, there is a Drive-In Theater to the left (West) of Peach Orchard Road on W. Broad Street. If you look at the 1997 Historic Aerial there are the remnants of a Drive-In to the right (East) of Peach Orchard Road on W. Broad Street. Did this theater literally relocate across Peach Orchard at some point?

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