This drive-in has been a Russellville staple since 1949!
King Drive-In first opened in 1949. And back then, drive-ins were the new thing in the U.S., offering people the chance to watch a movie from the comfort of their cars. By the late 1950s, their popularity skyrocketed with over 4,000 drive-ins across the country. Then came the 80s and the VHS. A few decades later….the digital revolution. And soon, drive-ins became a nostalgic memory. Today only about 300 drive-ins are operational, and only a few of those are located here in North Alabama.
But even after all the troubles and hardships, King Drive-In is in their 70th straight year of showing movies. Jimmy Greenhill, who bought the theater back in 2000, worked as a teenager at the drive-in for the man who built it. Now, he co-owns the place with his son, Greg Greenhill. And together, they’ve rebuilt the historic drive-in and turned it into a must see place for movie lovers throughout the Tennessee Valley, showing the newest movies as soon as they release on opening weekend.
So make sure you get there early to get a good spot. And don’t forget to hit up their legendary concession stand for a cheeseburger and chili cheese fries and a big bucket of popcorn.
And if you find yourself curious about the history of this place, don’t worry. Just ask for Westin, Jimmy’s grandson, and he’ll be sure to give you the grand VIP tour.
King Drive-In is open every weekend from March to October with additional dates added during the summer months.
For more information and showtimes, please visit them on Facebook.
Box office opens at 6pm.
Admission is $6 for adults, $3 ages 6-11. Cash only.