Ewing Theatre — Lee County, Virginia

This blog is usually filled with abandoned or old schools and/or post offices, but another one of my hobbies and joys is getting out and photographing and researching the history of old theaters like this one and drive ins.


Ewing is located in what is locally known as “The Lower End”  or the western end of Lee County near Cumberland Gap.  In fact, Ewing is one of the western-most settlements in the state of Virginia.


I’m not entirely sure when this theater….or theatre opened or closed.  My guess would be that it was constructed in the 1950s and probably closed in the 1980s.


On Cinematreasures.org someone had posted links to news paper clippins showing show times for shows all the way up to 1979 when the movie “Superman” was playing.


Children under 5 were admitted free at that time.  What a concept right?


Today the building stands in a state of disrepair and is basically a hulled out shell of its self.  I would love to find pictures of this place in its heyday.

The Bell Theater

IMG_0228The Bell Theater was opened in 1939 by a local dentist, Jay Cornn.  It is located at 114 W. Kentucky Avenue.  ScreenHunter_553 May. 17 17.29 Over the years the theater has had several owners.  In 1988 Mike Crockett purchased the Bell Theater with Bobby Taylor. In May of 1991 the theater was reopened to show movies. The theater still shows movies although it is not on a regular basis.   It was recently announced by the new management that the theater is in talks to enter into an agreement with Eastern Kentucky University to host events and entertainment programs at the Bell Theater in conjunction with EKU.    The theater is currently owned by the city of Pineville and operated by Main Street Pineville, a revitalization group dedicated to preserving and advancing downtown Pineville.  For more information about the Bell Theater check out their page on Facebook.

Way Bak Wyn Drive In — Lost Creek KY [Breathitt County]

The Way Bak Wyn Drive In the Lost Creek area of Breathitt County is actually one of the newest drive in theaters in America.  Built in 2008, the two screen drive in could park 350 cars.  waybak

Sadly, on April 9, 2014 the owners posted this message on Facebook:

We are sorry to say the Way-Bak-Wyn Drive-In will not be open in the summer of 2014. We will miss our wonderful customers. Thanks for all your support during our short run. The age of digital has come and we just can’t afford to upgrade our equipment.


Capri Theatre — Greeneville, Tennessee


This is the Capri Theatre located on Andrew Johnson Highway in Greeneville, Tennessee.   There isnt a whole lot of information about this theater online all I can find is that it was last operated by Carmike and closed in 2008  (according to one source mid 2008, the other June 2008)