Family Drive-In

1490 Market Street,
Charlestown, IN 47111

250 cars

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Previous Names: Charlestown Drive-In

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This was a drive-in theater that was in the far corner of town, just up the road and to the left of the high school, I think. I was just kid when I was taken there so I don’t remember much, other than it was there. I remember that the screen sat against the woods. The Charleston Drive-In was opened on May 10, 1951 with David Bruce in “Young Daniel Boone” & Armand Denis in “Savage Splendour”.

By 1955, it had been renamed Family Drive-In.

Contributed by Matt Kemp

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm

THE CHARLESTON DRIVE IN in 1956 parked 275 cars and was owned by E.L. ORNSTEIN , a man that owned several Drive ins in your State.

jwmovies on September 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1490 Market Street.

dallasmovietheaters on September 5, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Opened as the Family Drive-In by Fred Belcher in May of 1951. It advertised only as the Family Drive-In during its run.

jwmovies on October 21, 2016 at 2:57 am

Aka Charlestown Drive-in according to

WayneMartin on September 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

Worked there in 1965-1966, ran the projectors, for Tex & Peggy Richardson…Great fun, I was in high School then..

WayneMartin on September 27, 2017 at 8:56 am

I worked in town at the Venro Theater, Run the Projectors,1965-1966..Was in high school…

kennerado on October 16, 2019 at 6:19 pm

The screen and projector building stood until the late 90’s, Google Earth shows them still there in 1998 but gone by 2003.

davidcoppock on October 16, 2019 at 11:23 pm

Opened on 10/5/1951 as The Family Drive-in with “Young Daniel Boone” and “Savage splendor”.

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