Pembroke Ave., Hampton, Va.
capacity: 716 cars
years of operation: 1949-80
currently: Hampton Commerce Center
Opened by the Washington-based Lust Circuit as the Sidney Lust Drive-In. With the Green Acres Auto Theatre just a few blocks away, Pembroke Avenue (then known as East 39th Street Extended, the route from Newport News out to Buckroe Beach) became quite the happening drive-in strip by the end of the '40s. Dropped the Lust name after the circuit sold it in 1969.
Below are links to photos of the drive-in
from 1949. These originally are from the 1949-50 Theatre Catalog; special
thanks to Wesley Horton for providing the scans.
interior of snack bar
view of screen from inside lot
Click here for an interactive 1963 aerial photo of the drive-in (zoom in or out, or compare to older or newer photos of the same site).
Click here to see the 1986 USGS map depicting the drive-in and surrounding area.
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