Welcome to CinemaTour!  Sign In

Cinema History Around the World  
 Contact Cinematour ·· Help & Hints ·· About Cinematour

Craigsville Drive-In Theatre

Craigsville WV

Closed Outdoor Theatre
Record #25564  
 Opened: 1956
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use:
Capacity: 225 cars
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.

In 1956, the Craigsville Drive-In moved to a new location. The first screen was toppled by winds two years later, but its replacement lasted until 1978, when it was replaced by a sturdier all-steel model.

By this time, the drive-in was on its third set of proprietors. Richards had closed up shop and moved to Florida in 1959, leasing his theatre to Bob and Peggy Ward, who ran it for only one season.

The business was bought by Bida Hanna -- the owner of the lot -- and her son James, who made many improvements and reopened on 5/4/61. A new projection/concession/seating area was built in September 1962, and 1963's new ticket office contained a bed for the manager's children to nap on.

Carhop service was discontinued in 1970, and the premises were remodeled in 1975. A new automated projection system arrived in 1995, and James and Olive Hanna continued to run the Craigsville Drive-In.


Return to the top of this page   or   Return to the main page

Last featured 6/19/2005. Last edited 6/19/2005.

The content of this website is a research work in progress and is being provided to the public for informational purposes only. As such, articles may contain errors, bias, duplication, or need to be cleaned up. Some documents, images and logos contained in these documents belong to various organizations and corporations. Their inclusion here is for the benefit of the reader and for the benefit of the particular organization, but they are, in fact, the copyrighted property of those organizations. Their presence here does not imply any endorsement of CinemaTour by those organizations. CinemaTour is not affiliated with any cinema or circuit.

© 1995-2020 Vision Entertainment Services. All rights reserved.
Use of this site signifies agreement to terms of service.

cinematour.com :: 0.56 MB :: 5.81 MB