Lonesome Pine Drive-In

10397 Norton-Coeburn Road,
Coeburn, VA 24230

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Lonesome Pine Drive-In

Sometimes listed as being located in Norton. The Lonesome Pine Drive-In was opened in 1946 and was operated by P.O. Datson. He was still the operator in 1955. It was closed in 1994 after several years screening X-Rated movies. A long abandoned drive-in from the looks of it.

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CSWalczak on November 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

There are additional pictures on the theater’s galley page at Drive-ins.com: http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/vatlone

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 29, 2010 at 7:17 am



Built 1949

Closed ~1975? Anyone care to verify the exact dates?

Can always use more info and photos.

TomMc11 on September 5, 2018 at 9:53 am


A Blog with lots of photos from 2016 about this place, seems it was an X rated theater that lasted until the early 90’s.

Kenmore on September 5, 2018 at 11:07 am

Google Street View from June, 2016 still shows the screen, ticket booth, and marquee up. A small house sits where the concession stand/projector booth was located.

davidcoppock on September 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

Is the lomesome pine tree still there?

orphanshayne on July 28, 2022 at 7:07 am

I visited on a rainy day in July 2022. It’s derelict and overgrown with “no trespassing” signs prominently placed. Still, it’s easy to imagine what a nice mountain drive-in this once was.

50sSNIPES on August 1, 2022 at 7:11 pm

On December 26, 1958, 62-year-old Charlie Palmer, one of the first employees of the Lonesome Pine Drive-In since its opening in 1949, was struck and killed in a hit-and-run by 28-year-old Rufus V. McCoy of Nora. Charlie received a fractured skull and hip before being announced dead before arriving in Norton Hospital.

kennerado on August 1, 2022 at 9:03 pm

More photos from 2016 here:


MichaelKilgore on August 2, 2022 at 7:22 am

Two clues on the closing date.

Kingsport (TN) Times-News, March 9, 1984: “The Lonesome Pine Drive-In in Tacoma, Va., switched to X-rated films several years ago after operating many years as a family drive-in. The Lonesome Pine opened in 1948.”

Joe Bob Briggs' column, Jan. 23, 1994 (found in the San Francisco Examiner): “The Lonesome Pine Drive-In in Coburn, Va., held on as long as it could, mostly by showing X-rated stuff, but now it’s gone forever. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here.”

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