11E Family Drive-In

1705 State Highway 411,
Johnson City, TN 37604

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Previously operated by: R.M. Kennedy

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Site of former drive-in

Located on US-11E Scenic. The 11E Family Drive-In was opened on June 22, 1953 with John Wayne in “The Quiet Man”. It was operated by J.W. Baird, Newport Amusement Co. It was later operated by the R.M. Kennedy chain. It was closed in 1977.

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Kenmore on September 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm

Found it!

The address is 1705 State Hwy 411, Johnson City, TN. The drive-in sat on the south side of the road with the screen on the SE corner of the property. The topo maps do not reveal the entrance/exit roads of the drive-in.

Today, most of the property is a parking lot along with a couple of businesses. There is no trace of the drive-in remaining.


rivest266 on September 22, 2019 at 2:05 pm

This opened on June 22nd, 1953. Grand opening ad (Zoomable) below

Family Drive-In openingFamily Drive-In opening Sun, Jun 21, 1953 – 9 · () · Newspapers.com

also in the photo section.

50sSNIPES on February 27, 2022 at 5:36 am

The Family Closed In 1977, Which Later Announced That A Kmart (As Part Of A Shopping Center Project) Will Replace The Theater A Year Later.

Ripshin on November 23, 2022 at 12:24 pm

The Amigo Mexican Restaurant is an old Wendy’s, opened in the early 80s.

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