Feature Property: River Breeze Drive In – A Glance Back in Time

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Feature Property: River Breeze Drive In – A Glance Back in Time

It’s not every day that one gets to own a piece of genuine history, but this property, currently for sale in East Tennessee would definitely afford that opportunity! Located at 6110 Asheville Highway, this is the former River Breeze Drive In, an historic site that holds many great memories for those who got to experience it during its heyday.

The River Breeze Drive In was opened in September 1950 by Ben and Sara Malloy. Situated on the banks of the Holston River, the property has great business potential with such a convenient location just minutes from the interstate and Asheville Highway.

When the Drive In was in operation, you could watch the most popular feature films of the day for just 50 cents. Guests could also enjoy on-site roasted peanuts as well as a variety of options from the concession stand. Imagine living in a world where you could treat your date to a hot dog for just a quarter or perhaps a drum stick for .35 cents.

The latest and greatest state-of-the-art technology was employed beginning with the movie screen, which was 60 feet tall and 80 feet long. There were two projectors, which cost $63,000 each when purchased in 1945. With inflation, this could be anywhere from $800k to a million dollars in today’s values.

The Malloys ran the drive-in until 1965 when they leased it to Simpson Theaters until 1980. This period led to decline for the iconic venue, with drive-ins across the country being shuttered in favor of more modern movie theaters. The site was converted into the River View flea market in the early 1980s.

No matter what dreams you might have for this property, it holds a great deal of nostalgia as well as natural beauty. Presented by Gail Douglas, it is zoned CA and is cleared and mowed regularly. A business in this area could possible exceed your highest expectations. Please contact Gail to see if this property will be suitable for your business. Bring all offers!

2018-12-10T12:03:09+00:00 By |Feature Property, History|