City Cinema Twin Drive-In

Route 17,
Tabb, VA 23693

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Previous Names: York Drive-In

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City Cinema Twin Drive-In

Located in Tabb, close to Yorktown VA. The York Drive-In opened June 25, 1947 with Dick Powell in “It Happened Tomorrow”. It had a 270 car capacity. It became the City Cinema Twin Drive-In on December 25, 1973 when the walk-in cinema opened. The drive-in opened in 1974 and closed in Spring of 1989.

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Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on July 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Google Earth shows a Theatre Road just off of VA 17. No real evidence of any drive-in ramps, but a couple of spots that might have been of enough size to house a drive-in.

jwmovies on September 20, 2012 at 1:50 am

Surprise, surprise! It is now a Walmart! Approx. address was 2459 George Washington Memorial Hwy. (Route 17). Yorktown, VA.

hugegeek on October 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm

This one was unique, as it was a traditional twin co-located with the drive-in. It closed in the mid-1990s – I think it was around the time that the Regal down the street in Kiln Creek opened. As another poster mentions, the property was redeveloped and is now a Super Wal-mart.

wsasser on December 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I just posted a photo of the Opening Ad dated June 25, 1947

rivest266 on March 23, 2017 at 10:48 pm

The Cinema City twin cinema walk-in opened on December 25th, 1973 and the drive-in opened in Spring, 1974.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 18, 2018 at 2:44 am

The grand opening ad for Cinema City says that it was built on the site of the old York Drive-In which suggests to me that the drive-in was already in existence when Cinema City opened, but it just was not operating for the season.

Hberg_Lion29 on July 8, 2021 at 5:48 am

This theater closed in Spring, 1989. I know this because I arrived in VA in the Summer of 1989 and was PISSED that this business closed right before I got there. The big screen and abandoned ticket center stood for years after the closure. Before the Wal Mart was built, there were some carnivals and other events in the empty parking lot. Not sure exactly when the old structures finally fell, but it was definitely down by 2000.

martybearass on December 14, 2021 at 8:17 pm

there was a row of houses down left side back in the 70’s .That might be the Theater Road another poster mentioned Had friends that lived there in 71. we would turn up speakers in front row then set outside and watch the movies. actually paid and went and saw Midnight Cowboy there

davidcoppock on December 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Opened on 25th June 1947 with “It happened tomorrow”.

davidcoppock on December 15, 2021 at 4:36 pm

Opened as City Cinema Twin on 25th December 1973 on screen 1 with “Magnum force” and on screen 2 with “The Poseidon Adventure”.

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