9800 Hinkleville Road,
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The Bel-Air Drive-In opened on June 17, 1954 with Dana Andrews in “Canyon Passage”. In its advertisements in The Paducah Sun, the Bel-Air Drive-In described its location as “10 miles west of Paducah, Highway 60”.
In its first appearance in the series, the Bel-Air Drive-In was listed with a capacity of 450 in the 1956 International Motion Picture Almanac.
The November 21, 1956 issue of Motion Picture Exhibitor reported, “The Bel-Air Drive-In, West Paducah, Ky., has been closed for the 1956 season by owner, M. E. Renfrew.”
On April 3, 1957, the screen was blown down by a storm according to a report in the next day’s Sun. It never advertised in the paper again, and was gone by a 1964 topo map.
Nothing remains of the drive-in today. Google Maps places its location, based on a 1957 aerial photo, in Kevil KY.
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