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Picturing the Past 106: 41 Drive-InPosted Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 12:13 PM
Remember these movies? They were on screen at the 41 Drive-In in October 1962. (Courtesy of Don Hoover)
It's not actually a picture, but it's totally about pictures.
This is a handbill showing the 41 Drive-In's movie lineup from October 1962, courtesy of Don Hoover.
Go here for a larger view.
Believe it or not, an entire generation has grown up since the theater was demolished in the 1980s.
The big screen was on Madison Street where The People's Church and two apartment complexes are now located, and the screen itself faced away from Madison Street. I imagine quite a few people remember driving along Wartrace Pike, especially in the winter, and seeing bigger-than-life people suddenly appear in the distance among the leafless trees.
Some well-remembered movies showed that month: "Kid Galahad," another of the string of 1960s Elvis flicks; "State Fair," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" and Thunder Road."
The 41 hosted more than movies. I've heard for years that Jerry Lee Lewis played atop the concession stand at some point around 1956 or so. And several years ago we discussed in my blog and elsewhere the possibility that Hank Williams played there around the 1948-50 period; no one ever nailed that down for sure, but we couldn't find any written or photo record of it.
And I imagine many people associate the 41 with Clyde Jacobs, who managed it for so many years and was basically Shelbyville's "Mr. Movies."
So many people remember the drive-in days and the 41. Let's hear some of your memories.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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