Lost River Drive-In

3400 Nashville Road,
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Lost River Drive-In marquee sign

Opening on May 24, 1950 with Bill Williams in “Blue Grass of Kentucky”. This was one of the larger drive-ins in Kentucky, with space for 600 cars. It as closed in late-1972 or early-1973, There is no trace of the theatre left on the property.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Jan.1 1969 Now Showing was “BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN” Rated M and “HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH” Rated M.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on April 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Address is wrong. 350 Nashville RD, Bowling Green, KY 42101 is the address for the Riverside. The address for the Church/police station is 3219 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101

195161 on January 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

Mike,The Riverside Drive In was located on the 31W-BY Pass on the same side as The Little Brown Jug separated by Riverview Dr.Before I-65 was constructed people from the North would travel US 31W South on what we now call the Old Louisville Rd.They would come to the 4 way stop at State St. and turn left onto what we now call the By-Pass.I feel certain that’s where the confusion is,it was probably called the Nashville Rd.the Lost River Drive In also was located on the Nashville Rd.in the vicinity of the State Police Barracks more so than Hilvue Heights.I hope i’ve helped some.Larry Cassady

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 19, 2013 at 6:19 am

The address is: 3400 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101 Just uploaded a Goggle Earth view from 1993.

davidcoppock on September 25, 2016 at 5:39 am

Why was it called Lost River?

TomMc11 on August 23, 2017 at 10:46 am

Because it was located just south of the Lost River Cave which is a 7 mile cave system that has the Lost River, which originates outside of the cave somewhere, flowing through it. It is a tourist attraction.

robboehm on August 5, 2022 at 6:56 pm

Uploaded image of a news article reporting that the screen was destroyed by fire on July 7, 1968. It was replaced in weeks. Found this on the Facebook page Bowling Green Then and Now.

kennerado on August 6, 2022 at 1:05 am

Closed in late 1972/early 1973.

50sSNIPES on May 2, 2024 at 10:39 am

Last operated by Martin Theatres.

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