Franklin Drive-In

1499 Russellville Road,
Franklin, KY 42134

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Franklin Drive-In

Most people don’t know about this one. It IS NOT the same as the Franklin Drive-In that is south of town, which is more technically the 31W Drive-In. This opened in 1960 and is actually in town and suprisingly still standing. It is on a rural road, and not a very good location. However it has got to be the drive-in that was in the worst shape I’ve ever seen.

It is not recognizable, but is still crumbling away, its block screen and projction booth, hidden in the brush. I would love to hear any information about this, on my quest to make known the lesser known southern Kentucky theaters.

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NYozoner on November 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Russellville Rd, .25 mile west of Allen Rd
Franklin, KY 42134

The above address will map to the correct location of the drive-in, which is on the north side of Russllville Rd, and is clearly visible on Google Earth using historical imagery.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on November 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

would love to see some photos

Kenmore on June 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is 1499 Russellville Rd, Franklin, KY.

Today, there is nothing left save for the fading outline, ramps, and remnants of the screen foundation, entrance and exit roads.

MichaelKilgore on March 21, 2017 at 12:14 pm

In my incomplete set of reference books, the Franklin is listed only once. The 1982 IMPA has it with “Holiday Amu.” above “31 West, J. C. Rhoton”. It’s not in the 1976 or 1984 IMPA, which are my two closest to ‘82.

MichaelKilgore on March 21, 2017 at 3:27 pm

This week’s Franklin Favorite includes a blurb that says “The original Franklin Drive-In opened on Russellville Road in 1960.”

MichaelKilgore on January 1, 2022 at 4:23 pm

This sure sounds like the same drive-in.

Russellville News-Democrat, June 9, 1949: “Construction of a 700-car drive-in theatre, located on the Russellville Road about 1ΒΌ miles west of Franklin, began a week ago. Mr. G. C. Jones and Mr. T. H. Jones, owners and operators of the Liberty Theatre and partners in the new enterprize, have announced. The drive-in theatre is expected to be in operation by early fall.”

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