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Hampton Drive-In
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.
screen tower
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).
here to see the 1986 USGS map depicting the drive-in and surrounding area.

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