Drive-in theaters were a staple of American lifestyles starting in the late 1940s, and they became popular very fast. Some places offer at-your-window service for concessions, a practice that is still very much alive today. These KY drive-ins offer the opportunity for people to experience American cinema in its most classic form. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Calvert Drive-In

Calvert Drive-In
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Visitors around the Calvert City area frequently visit this wonderful and large drive-in theater because of the quality of the movies they play as well as the food and the atmosphere. Unlike back in the 1950s, the internet now allows people to peruse the drive-in's website to see what’s playing, check showtimes, view the menu, and follow their social media for real-time updates and cancellations. During the movie, visitors can have a good, old-fashioned American meal that includes burgers, fries, soda pop, and popcorn. There's always enough room to park at this drive-in due to its large size. They are also pet-friendly.

111 Drive in Lane, PO Box 245, Calvert City, KY 42029, Phone: 270-395-4660

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2.Franklin Drive-In

Franklin Drive-In
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Since 1969, this drive-in has been the place for the local population of Franklin, KY, and the surrounding area to come and enjoy movies on the big screen. The massive screen has been updated over the years to accommodate for a better viewing for up to 500 cars parked around it. Instead of having an outside surround sound system, the drive-in has its own radio channel for cars to tune in to while they watch the movie, offering a personal sound experience. The concessions are some of the best in the area and they encourage families and friends to fill up the cars before they come.

6250 Nashville Rd Franklin, KY 42134

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3.Skyline Drive-In

Skyline Drive-In
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This humble little drive-in is located in Summersville, KY. The concessions and the very large screen are what attract people from miles around. The prices and quality of the food are superb, and the menu is large enough for everyone to grab something they will enjoy while they see their favorite new movie. You can also find some menu items you’d find at a carnival or fair. The Skyline Drive-In is very community oriented and regularly holds events and shows movies for kids. There is plenty of room for anyone who enjoys drive-in theaters to come and enjoy the family atmosphere.

5600 Hodgenville Road, Summersville, KY 42743, Phone: 270-973-5005

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4.Sauerbeck Family Drive-In

Sauerbeck Family Drive-In
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Visitors who travel to this drive-in near La Grange, KY, will be astonished at the technology it offers in the movie watching experience. This drive-in is the newest drive-in theater with the latest in high definition picture qualities. The screen is a staggering 98 feet in size diagonally and the picture is cast in 4K digital projection. The concession stand offers normal drive-in food as well as some specialty menu items that everyone will enjoy. Visitors simply pull up into a spot, tune into the FM station the theater uses for sound, and enjoy some great food and an incredible movie under the stars shot in the best quality of picture possible.

Commerce Parkway, La Grange, KY 40031

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5.Judy Drive-In

Judy Drive-In
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Visitors in the Mt. Sterling, KY, area always have a great time each and every week catching the newest movies playing at this drive-in. The show will go on regardless of the weather, and so movies will play as scheduled, rain or shine. There’s plenty of room for any car to pull up and watch the digitally projected movie with excellent picture quality with stereo FM sound through the car’s radio. Don’t have a car, but still want to enjoy the movie? They welcome people to bring a blanket and a device that will allow them to tune in to the audio. The concessions are delicious and reasonably priced.

4078 Maysville Rd., Mt. Sterling, KY 40353, Phone: 859-498-2294

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6.Bourbon Drive-In

Bourbon Drive-In
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Paris, KY, is the home of this drive-in, which offers visitors a superb movie watching experience right from the seat of their car. The incredibly large screen casts a vivid picture that is perfectly viewable from any angle. While families watch the movie and tune in to the specific radio channel to get the stereo sound, they can always be sure to grab some concession favorites. People enjoy made-from-scratch funnel cakes, delicious popcorn, soda, and many more items that every family member will enjoy. There are very clean restrooms on site as well. The people of Paris, KY, have been watching movies here since 1956, and they maintain that tradition every single weekend.

147 Jackstown Rd., Paris, KY 40361, Phone: 859-987-2935

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7.27 Twin Drive-In

27 Twin Drive-In
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In Somerset, KY, there is a drive-in that dared to do what no other has done before. They built two screens instead of having just one for everyone to share. Known as the front screen and the back screen, they are exactly the same size and superb quality, just in different locations. This gives a family the option for some to watch one movie while others watch another at the same time. The sound comes through the specific radio channel they broadcast, so visitors are encouraged to bring a radio if they wish to lay out under the stars while they enjoy their favorite flick. The various concessions are reasonably priced and delicious and even have some specialty items on the menu.

5268 US-27, Somerset, KY 42501, Phone: 606-872-7723

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8.Stanford Drive-In and Flea Market

Stanford Drive-In and Flea Market
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Since 1952, the Stanford Drive-In and Flea Market has been serving the community by showing favorite movies, offering delicious food in their newly updated food bar, and selling unique items and antiques in the flea market. The upgraded digital projection gives visitors a phenomenal picture on the big screen under the stars. Both the drive-in and flea market are open all weekend long, so there’s plenty of time to get the family out to enjoy some great food, a new movie, and a fun shopping experience. Frequent visitors also often find themselves taking part in a large event held by the drive-in that keeps them coming back every weekend during the drive-in season.

1645 State Hwy 78, Hustonville Rd, Stanford, KY 40484, Phone: 859-749-5740

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8 Best Drive-in Theaters in Kentucky



More Ideas: Cliffview Resort

Set on a wooded hilltop next to the Red River Gorge and Daniel Boone National Forest, the Cliffview Resort is a rustic resort in eastern Kentucky that offers a relaxing and laid-back getaway. Located just a few miles from the Natural Bridge State Resort Park, the Cliffview Resort provides a variety of accommodations in different locations, delicious country-style cuisine, and a modern conference center with a banquet hall and event spaces for all types of functions. The resort also offers an array of facilities, including an outdoor dining hall, a picnic shelter, a fully-equipped activities center, and a heliport for rental, as well as activities such as hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and rock climbing.

The Cliffview Resort offers comfortable guest rooms in three different buildings around the resort, namely The Lodge, The Retreat, and The Lakeside.

The Lodge features 16 guest rooms, each of which has two queen-size beds with deluxe linens, and private bathrooms with hand-painted sinks, and walk-in showers with double shower heads. Two of the rooms are luxury suites with gas log fireplaces, and most rooms have glass sliding doors leading to wrap around porches with rockers and swings and beautiful views. All rooms have flat-screen televisions and satellite TV channels, and a free continental breakfast is included with all lodge room rentals. The Lodge also features a Great Room with a massive stone fireplace and hand-made log and leather furniture, and an elegant country kitchen and dining area.

The Retreat features 11 bedrooms with king, and queen-size beds in bunk format with comfy linens, as well as futons for additional guests and 12 bathrooms (11 full bathrooms, one-half bath) with showers, vanities, and toilets. The Retreat has multiple, spacious communal rooms furnished with leather couches and sofas, flat screen televisions, two super-size hot tubs, and a games room with a pool table and a foosball table. The Retreat has a huge kitchen with two refrigerators, two stoves, three microwaves, and two stainless dishwashers, as well as expansive granite kitchen counters with two islands for food preparation. A large dining room and eating area have tables and chairs that can seat up to 26 guests at a time, and a theater room accommodates up to 13 guests. The Retreat has two expansive decks with reclining chairs, gliders, and tables for sitting and eating, a gas grill for the evening and an outdoor gazebo. The Retreat has high-speed wireless Internet access around the property.

The Cliffview Lakeside is a 12-bedroom luxury log home that features 12 well-appointed bedrooms with king, and queen-size beds in bunk format with comfy linens, as well as futons for additional guests and 12 bathrooms (11 full bathrooms, one-half bath) with showers, vanities, and toilets. The Cliffview Lakeside has multiple, spacious communal rooms furnished with leather couches and sofas, flat screen televisions, two super-size hot tubs, and a games room with a pool table and a foosball table. The Retreat has a huge kitchen with two refrigerators, two stoves, three microwaves, and two stainless dishwashers, as well as expansive granite kitchen counters with two islands for food preparation. A large dining room and eating area have tables and chairs that can seat up to 26 guests at a time, and a theater room accommodates up to 13 guests. The Cliffview Lakeside has two expansive decks with reclining chairs, gliders, and tables for sitting and eating, a gas grill for the evening and an outdoor gazebo. The Retreat has high-speed wireless Internet access around the property.

The Cliffview Resort features self-catering accommodations with fully equipped kitchens and outdoor gas grills, however, there are plenty of restaurants in the area for guests to enjoy, including the Red River Rock House, Sandstone Arches Restaurant, Billy’s Place, Miquel’s Pizza, and more.

The Cliffview Resort offers an array of activities to enjoy from zip-lining, rock climbing, hiking and fishing to canoeing, kayaking, cycling and horseback riding. The Resort also provides a variety of event spaces and function venues.

The Resort provides a variety of event spaces and function venues, including a 7,000-square foot reception hall that can accommodate up to 225 people, and is equipped with a commercial kitchen, central climate control with heating and cooling, and a separate area for stage events. Other venues include a wrap-around veranda with beautiful views, banquet, exhibit and reception halls, an Overlook Point for ceremony sites, and professional and experienced staff to help with all the details.

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900 Cliffview Road, Campton, Kentucky 41301, Phone: 888-596-0525

More Ideas: Beaumont Inn

Located in the heart of Bluegrass Country, the Beaumont Inn is an award-winning boutique hotel that has been providing discerning guests with a luxurious getaway for more than 100 years. Set in Kentucky’s oldest town, Harrodsburg, the beautiful Beaumont Inn boasts beautifully appointed accommodations in three historic buildings, and first-class amenities and facilities, including a full-service spa, an outdoor swimming pool, an acclaimed restaurant, and a lively pub and tavern. The Inn is also an official stop on the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail, as well as within walking distance to downtown Harrodsburg, and close to the spectacular countryside of Mercer County.

The Beaumont Inn features luxurious accommodations three buildings - the Goddard Hall, Greystone House and the Main Inn - all of which are surrounded by spectacular, park-like grounds and beautiful views. Reflecting the rich heritage and history of the inn, the buildings house 31 tastefully appointed and elegantly decorated guest rooms and suites which feature country-style décor and antique furnishings, private bathrooms and modern amenities. Conveniences in every room include air-conditioning, cable television, telephones with voicemail services, irons/ironing boards, and complimentary wireless Internet.

Built in 1935 and named after Annie Bell Goddard, the founder of Beaumont Inn, Goddard Hall features ten deluxe guest rooms with queen-sized pillowtop beds in sumptuous linens and hypoallergenic pillows, and en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool baths, two-person rainforest showers, plush towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products. Two of the rooms have an extra bed for additional guests and modern amenities such as cable television, telephones with voice mail services, central air conditioning/heating, coffee makers, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Goddard Hall has beautiful front porches for relaxing and soaking up the surrounding views.

Built in 1931 as a private home, the stately Greystone House houses four opulent Platinum Suites, which take luxury new heights with king-sized pillowtop beds in sumptuous linens and hypoallergenic pillows, and en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool baths, two-person rainforest showers, plush towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products. Spacious sitting areas include comfortable seating, electric fireplaces, and modern amenities such as individual room climate control, cable television, coffeemakers, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Greystone House has a large front porch on which to relax or socialize with other guests.

The Main Inn was built in 1945, is individually decorated with antique furnishings and houses elegant parlors, a dining room and gift shop on the first floor and guest rooms on the second and third floors. Spacious guest rooms feature king, queen or double pillowtop beds in sumptuous linens and hypoallergenic pillows, en-suite bathrooms with showers, baths, plush towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products, and ample sitting areas with comfortable seating, electric fireplaces, and large windows with beautiful views.

Housed in the historic 1845 building of the Inn, the Main Dining Room at Beaumont Inn features award-winning classic Kentucky cuisine and gracious southern hospitality that have been satisfying guests for more than five generations. A gourmet breakfast is served every morning, as well as a traditional Sunday brunch, lunch buffet on Fridays, and fine dining in the evenings. Lunch is also available in the casual Old Owl Tavern, Harrodsburg’s favorite bar, and grill, on Saturdays, which includes delicious pub fare, fine wines, spirits, and draft beer. The Owl’s Nest Lounge is a comfortable, relaxed lounge and bar that offers an extensive list of fine wines, draft beers, and imported spirits in an elegant environment.

Beaumont Inn offers an array of first-class amenities, facilities, and guest services to enhance every stay, including award-winning cuisine at the elegant dining Main Dining Restaurant, and casual dining and drinks at the Old Owl Tavern and Owl’s Nest Lounge. The Inn is surrounded by beautiful park-like gardens and grounds with rocking chairs, swings and walking trails to enjoy and an on-site full service spa offers pampering massages, salon services, and body treatments. The Inn has a range of private meeting rooms for various events and functions, such as weddings, receptions, and other celebrations, and a gift shop that sells a variety of distinctive and unique items. The Beaumont Inn has an array of modern meeting rooms and facilities for all types of events, including business meetings, business conferences, and private banquets. Venues at the historic Inn include the John Augustus Williams Meeting Room and the James Harrod Room, both of which are located in the Main Inn and cater for groups of up to 30 guests. Meeting rooms feature comfortable seating, audiovisual equipment, LCD projectors and large projection screens, food and beverage services, and free wireless Internet access.

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638 Beaumont Inn Drive, Harrodsburg, KY 40330, Phone: 859-734-3381

More Ideas: Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is home to beautiful display gardens and plant education center. It is located in Crestwood, KY between Louisville and Cincinnati. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens began as the private estate, commercial gardens, and wide-ranging collection of exotic trees, shrubs, flowers and plant-life of Theodore and Martha Lee Klein.

History

The Klein estate was personally cultivated and maintained by Theodore Klein, a leader in horticulture and gardening. The property consisted of a topiary garden, castle, pool, arboretum, conservatory, and sunken gardens. After Klein’s death in 1998, a board of volunteers raised the money needed to buy the property. The board was able to support a small staff and open the unique gardens to the public. Yew Dell Gardens continues Theodore Klein’s vision of beautiful gardens by maintaining the grounds and introducing new and exotic plant life to the gardens. Providing educational and internship program helps to pass on Theodore Klein’s love of horticulture to the next generation.

Attractions

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has three main areas for visitors to explore: the gardens, the buildings and historical sites on the grounds and nature and hiking trails.

Gardens

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offers a variety of gardens throughout the grounds. Some are new or recently modernized while others have existed since the start of Yew Dell in the 1950’s. The Kitchen Gardensoffers a wide array of edible plants including heirloom tomatoes and a variety of squash. This seasonal garden is a favorite among children.

They newly designed Overlook Garden consists of over 3000 perennials. This garden sits on seldom irrigated, shallow soil and is home to the garden’s hardiest plants. Visitors can have an up-close look at new and regional plant-life.

The Walled Gardenand Sunken Rock Garden were originally designed by Theodore Klein and part of the original grounds. Both gardens were recently rehabilitated and revamped by local gardening clubs. The Walled Garden is adjacent to the main house and is modelled after traditional English gardens. The fieldstone walls on three sides of the space give the gardens its name and contains a small, round pool at its center. The Sunken Gardens house mostly plants from higher, mountainous elevations.

The Secret Gardenand Serpentine Garden were part of Klein’s original design and house a combination of local and exotic florae. The Secret Garden contains plants not yet available to the public and serves as a test garden for a variety of plants. The Serpentine Garden is composed of a diverse collection of plants and trees with varying texture and color.

Buildings

The majority of the buildings located at the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens are original to the property and were constructed by the Kleins in the 1950’s and 1980’s. The buildings have been remodeled and rehabilitated to be brought back to their original integrity.

The Tobacco Barn was originally used, as the name suggests, to dry tobacco. It has since been used to house farming equipment and is currently used as the visitor’s center. The newly constructed gift shop is attached to the structure.

The Castle and the Main House served as living quarters for the Klein family and are original to the property. The castle served as the pool house for the Klein family and can currently be rented out for many different types functions. The main house currently serves as administrative offices for Yew Dell Gardens.

The Rock House and Corn Crib are part of the original Klein property and were used as part of the farm facilities. The Rock House was a loading point for the Klein’s nursery operation. Both facilities are now used as part of the horticulture operation and as storage.

Hiking Trails

The property of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has more than a mile of trails, three ponds, and an arboretum. Visitors can walk through the beautiful property and see a variety of wild life. Access to hiking trails can be reached through the meadow just beyond the castle.

Educational Opportunities

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offers a wide range of educational opportunities for children and adults alike. Educational activities include, but are not limited to, children’s programs, seasonal festivals, horticulture classes, gardening clubs, guided tours, lectures, and hands-on workshops. The horticulture center provides many opportunities for guest to learn about local and exotic plant life.

Special Events

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offers rental space for many different types of events. The Mary F. Rounsavall Pavilion can hold up to 400 people and is available to rent for a variety of events. The Pavilion, Castle, Gheens Barn, Upper Pavilion, and Rock House Area provide a wide range of options for weddings at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. The beautiful grounds make it a perfect location for weddings, receptions, anniversary celebrations, family gatherings, conventions, or conferences.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014, Phone: 502-241-4788

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