Ellis Drive-In

Highway 51,
Millington, TN 38053

500 cars

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Previous Names: Ellis Drive-In

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The Ellis Drive-In opened on April 21, 1955 with Alan Ladd in “Shane”. It had a capacity for 500-cars and was operated by Amelia Ellis. I know it was open till at least 1967.

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Iceberg on October 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm

I think the Ellis Drive In was open earlier than 1960. I think it was around in the mid-50’s. I also thought that it was the same drive-in that was later, sometime in the mid-60’s, renamed as the 51 Drive-in. Maybe the Ellis closed and the 51 was a whole new thing in a new location in Millington, but I thought it was the same thing.

rivest266 on August 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm

The Ellis Drive-In opened on April 21st, 1955, on Highway 51 South with “Shane”. Grand opening ad posted.

Kenmore on August 13, 2021 at 2:40 pm

A 1956 aerial shows a drive-in in the same location what would be the 51 Twin Drive-In.

If the 51 Drive-In did not open until the late 1960s, then it seems reasonable that it and the Ellis Drive-In are the same.

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