Ridge Drive-In

1904 Emmet Street N.,
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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1950 print ad courtesy of Phil James.

Initial history via Phil James.

The Ridge Drive-In was opened for business in Charlottesville, VA on April 22, 1950 with Gregory Peck in “Yellow Sky”. It had entrances on Route 29 and Rugby Road Extended. It was owned and operated by Neighborhood Theaters, Inc., who already had purchased the Jefferson Theatre, Lafayette Theatre and University Theatre in Charlottesville, VA. Morton G. Thalheimer of Richmond was president of Neighborhood Theaters. Walter Crummett, who had been the former assistant manager at the Lafayette Theatre, was the drive-in’s first manager. The screen tower was 64 feet high. The Ridge Drive-In was closed in 1979.

Contributed by David Zornig

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

DavidZornig on November 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

Additional history and photos in below link.


Kenmore on June 30, 2023 at 1:21 pm

A closer address is 1904 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA.

Today, a Kroger sits on the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining.


davidcoppock on July 1, 2023 at 8:14 am

Opened on 22nd April 1950 with “Yellow sky”.

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