4-Lane Drive-In

NW Broad Street and Van Cleave Lane,
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Previous Names: MarBro Drive-In

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MarBro Drive-In aerial photo

The 4-Lane Drive-In was opened April 23, 1953 with Tony Curtis in “Son of Ali-Baba”. It had a capacity for 225 cars. At that time it was operated by W.D. Hamaker, who also operated the smaller Starlite Drive-In in the town. It was demolished around 1963/1964.

In 1966 it was rebuilt and re-opened as the MarBro Drive-In on June 6, 1966 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

jwmovies on October 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Approximate address for this drive-in was 2553 S Church St. Now an empty lot next to the Stones River. Please update.

NYozoner on November 23, 2014 at 1:43 am

The address referred to by JWMovies is incorrect. That was the correct location for the Starlite Drive-In, also in Murfreesboro.

The 4-Lane Drive-In operated from 1954-1963, and was located on Old Nashville Highway at Van Cleave Lane. It was demolished after the 1963 season due to the construction of the new Nashville Highway, which split the 4-Lane in half.

The 4-Lane was replaced by the MarBro Drive-In, located ½ further north on Van Cleave Lane at Battlefield Parkway, which opened June 06, 1966. Marbro is a shortened version of Martin Brothers, since the drive-in was owned by the Martin Theatre Circuit.

The Starlite Drive-In closed around 1967, soon after the opening of the newer MarBro Drive-In.

NYozoner on November 23, 2014 at 2:09 am

Correction: The 4-Lane Drive-In and MarBro Drive-In both occupied the same site. The 4-Lane Drive-In was demolished around 1963 or 1964, and completely rebuilt to reopen as the MarBro Drive-In on June 6, 1966.

rivest266 on June 18, 2018 at 3:22 pm

This opened on April 23rd, 1953. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

davidcoppock on January 9, 2024 at 2:56 am

Opened on 23rd April 1953 with “Son of Ali Baba”.

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