Kanauga Drive-In

1483 State Route 7 North,
Gallipolis, OH 45631

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50sSNIPES on September 14, 2023 at 2:02 pm

The actual opening date is September 9, 1950 with a one-day showing of Randolph Scott in “Colt 45” with no extra short subjects.

Kenmore on March 31, 2023 at 7:06 am

Today, the outline, ramps, and part of the entrance ramp are the only remains of the drive-in.

And, although it is difficult to confirm with the Google Street photos, a light pole that sits just to the west of the power lines may also have been a part of the drive-in.

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Drive-In 54 on August 28, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Kanauga Drive-In Theater – Gallipolis, Ohio here

RoadsideArchitecture.com on February 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

The screen tower & the remains of this drive-in were demolished January 2011.
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wvphotogirl on July 13, 2008 at 3:16 pm


Here is their website as of July 13th, 2008. We saw Kung Fu Panda last night. It is OPEN!!

DotMan on July 7, 2008 at 6:16 am

Here is a current pic of the Colony Theatre in Gallipolis. This phone is disconnected but maybe contacting the Colony could help.

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JKB355 on July 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

The same friend was just there to see Indiana Jones and Iron Man.

JKB355 on July 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

Like I said it IS open. My friend drives by everyday. Hulk and Wall-e are playing currently.

Marsha on July 6, 2008 at 7:07 am

I too, am frustrated about the disconnected phone number. I have tried calling there several times this year. I have some friends in Point Pleasant, so I will talk one of them into driving by to see what the sign says, just for verification.

JKB355 on July 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm

It is definitely open. They were playing the Indiana Jones new movie just recently. I intend to go several times this summer in case it’s the last.

SHOCKLEY on July 3, 2008 at 7:27 pm

I justsent an e-mail to the author of the article. If they respond, I will pass along whatever info I get..

SHOCKLEY on July 3, 2008 at 7:20 pm

The frustrating thing about it is that the phone is disconnected, makingit hard to confirm..

SHOCKLEY on July 3, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Here’s the latest info that i could find. It'sonly 2 weeks old so hopefully it’s current enough..

Kanauga Drive-in reopens Friday
Elizabeth Rigel
Published: June 19, 2008
KANAUGA – Despite getting a late start this summer, the Kanauga Drive-in is set to open for business this coming Friday. The drive-in, located at 1483 Ohio 7 North, will be open weekends, Friday through Monday. Featured movies currently include “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “Iron Man.” Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children six to 11, and free for children under 6. Full concessions will be available and this year’s snack bar may feature some unusual items.

According to Tom Wheeler, owner and operator of the Kanauga Drive-in, he had not planned to reopen this year, but at the request of the public he will now open up the drive-in for a short season lasting through September.

Wheeler’s father, Harry, built the Kanauga Drive-in in 1950 and for many local residents it has become a staple in Gallia County and the area. This year’s success is likely to influence whether or not it will be reopened next summer.

A car show hosted last spring by Ryan and Marcie Cochran of Texas will return again this year on June 28. The show will also feature a movie and live music.

SHOCKLEY on July 3, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Does anyone have a current phone number for Kanauga??? The only listed number is disconnected…

SHOCKLEY on July 3, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Sorry, but it is rediculous to pay $5 just so I can read 1 damn article..

Could you tell us what the article says???

Michigandriveins.com on April 17, 2008 at 4:11 am

Drive-ins.com now lists it as being closed.

JKB355 on April 5, 2008 at 11:38 pm

I hear the place is for sale. I sure hope they do not sell it. Just about everyone I know is crushed because this place is the last in the area. I’ve always liked going there.

charlescamden on March 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I am related to the Wheeler family and have some wonderful memories of going to the drive in on weekends during the summer. I do not live in the area now but have kept up on some of the happenings there. Recently the drive in has been host to a variety of events such as concerts, National car shows and Flea Markets. I also got my first job there as a teenager as lot man /janitor. To my recollection the concession stand was kept very clean as were the restroom facilities, Uncle Harry was a stickler for cleanliness and I have no doubt those high standards are being maintained today by Cousin Tom and family members, The food was of excellant Quality and the Bar b- Q sandwiches were to die for.I also remember the fireworks displays that they used to put on yearly on the 4rth of July.Thanks to Lost Memory for the pic my children have always heard me speak of the drive in but had never seen a pic of it.