Gay Drive-In

17771 LA-1,
Vivian, LA 71082

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Gay Drive-In

Opened as the Gay Drive-In by 1952. It was operated by W. Bagwell who was still the operator in 1955. It was still open in 1965, but had closed by 1966.

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MichaelKilgore on March 23, 2023 at 11:01 pm

Just asking: Since there were two drive-ins in Vivian at the same time, how do we know which is which? Is there a mention somewhere of the Wakea sitting just south of Chapelwood Cemetery, or of the Gay “just another 2000 feet north” like that?

50sSNIPES on March 24, 2023 at 10:08 am

I don’t think so. I think it was the same fault as other places in America that had 2+ drive-in theaters close to each other. For example in Lexington, South Carolina, there were two drive-ins very close to each other (probably in a 100 to 200-foot radius), but unfortunately, it does not have a mention involving them close to each other as I am aware of judging by various papers in Columbia.

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