Bellevue Drive-In

2350 Elvis Presley Boulevard,
Memphis, TN 38106

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Previously operated by: Malco Theatres Inc.

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Bellevue Drive-In 1955

The Bellevue Drive-In was opened on September 22, 1950 with Dennis Morgan in “Pretty Baby & Jack Carson in "The Good Humor Man”. It was taken over by Malco Theatres in March 1955. It was closed in about 1984. It was a reportedly a favorite hangout of the young Elvis Presley in the 1950’s. He is said to have spent his last night before joining the Army at the Bellevue Drive-In. There is no trace of the Bellevue Drive-In today. A church now occupies the site.

Contributed by Bob Brown

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

PineCabn
PineCabn on June 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm

The Google map indicator is off by a mile or two. The Bellevue Drive-In was located near Guasco and 51/Bellevue/Elvis Presley

vastor
vastor on August 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm

No trace of the Bellevue remains. For directional purposes, the address would now be 2350 Elvis Presley Blvd.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

one of the largest in town parking 750 cars ,it was owned by Wilson,Weaver,and Assocs.in 1956.Elvis Time.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Uploaded Goggle Aerial’s

vastor
vastor on May 29, 2013 at 3:31 am

A new photo has been uploaded from 1955 of the Bellevue in its early glory.

PineCabn
PineCabn on May 29, 2013 at 4:58 am

thanks for the photo

vastor
vastor on July 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

New research shows the Bellevue open as early as 1951.

Iceberg
Iceberg on June 15, 2018 at 1:44 am

Elvis supposedly went to see the movie, Sing Boy Sing, at a drive in a night or two before going into the Army. If that is indeed the movie he saw, it wasn’t at the Bellevue but instead at the Lamar Drive In, or so I think as I recall when I looked at newspaper microfilm for the ads.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 13, 2021 at 10:12 am

The Bellevue Drive-In opened on September 22nd, 1950, with “Pretty baby and "Good Humor Man”. Grand opening ad posted.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 15, 2021 at 4:22 am

Boxoffice, March 19, 1955: “Malco Theatres … has purchased the local Bellevue and Summer drive-ins from Kemmons Wilson and associates. The purchase, which gives Malco eight theatres in Memphis itself, was announced by M. A. Lightman jr., who is associated with his father in the operation of the circuit.”

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