South Twin Drive-In

3131 Irvin Cobb Drive,
Paducah, KY 42003

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South Twin Drive-In exterior

The South Twin Drive-In opened August 9, 1955 with Van Heflin in “Battle Cry” & Bob Hope in “Fanct Pants”. It was built as a twin-screen theatre. It had a capacity for 1,000 cars and was operated by Columbia Amusement Co. One screen was 100 feet wide and catered for 600 cars, and the second secreen was 78 feet wide and catered for 400 cars. There were cartoon charactors of a couple of Red Indian children and small animals painted on the rear of the main screen. It was closed in 1981.

The property now holds a Lowe’s Home Improvememt store.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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1posterfan4sure on August 23, 2010 at 7:53 am

We lived in this charming Western Kentucky town for year in the mid-70s, when I was a DJ at WKYX. We attended most of the town’s theaters: the Arcade and Columbia, downtown; the Paducah Drive-in; and the modern Paducah Cinema. All of these are now gone. We never managed to get to the South Twin, however. It was no longer a twin at that time. It had been, but one of the screens had been abandoned with only the framework remaining. It sat right at the edge of the parking lot for a pizza shop we frequented, this huge construction of rusting metal with no screen panels. It was still called the South Twin, however. (Hey, why spend money updating your logo?) The only thing I remember about the South “Twin” was that they seemed to play Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter” as a perpetual second feature. It was almost as if they owned a print. Across the highway were the remains of another drive-in, which had also been a twin. The screens were still up although falling apart, the lot was overgrown and there seemed to be no way of getting in, as a number of small businesses had sprung up since the drive-in closed and were strung along the roadside. The place wasn’t for sale or anything. It just stood there deteriorating. I’ve always wondered what was it’s name and when it closed. There was another abandoned drive-in across the state line north of Paducah on the road to Metropolis Illinois. It had a large picture of an Indian chief painted on the back of the screen!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

Open ~1961-~1985 appromxate? Your welcome to verify the dates to be more exact.

I know it was open for sure in 1967.

Need an address, more info, and photos.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 3, 2010 at 7:08 am

Columbia Amusement & Realty Co., Inc., of Paducah, J. W. Eeiler II President & Gen. Mgr. Owned 4 Theaters in 1967, all in Paducah, Arcade, Columbia, Paducah Drive-In, and South-Twin Drive-In.

rivest266 on June 20, 2018 at 3:51 pm

This opened on August 9th, 1955. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on June 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Last season: 1981

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