Hi-way 50 Drive In Theatre to open this weekend with 'Cinderella'

Friday, March 13, 2015

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

The Hi-way 50 Drive-In is to have it's grand opening this weekend with a special guest -- Cinderella.

Danielle and Steve Wakhem purchased the drive-in in July 2013 from Gary and June Douglas, who ran it for 18 years.

After renovations to the concession stand and bathrooms and an upgrade to a digital projector, the Wakhams decided to add a few extra touches.

Recently the screen received a fresh coat of paint from Premier Painting, and gravel was spread in the parking lot.

"Cinderella" and "McFarland, USA" are showing Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

A royal ball will be held Saturday night with dancing, including Cinderella. A king and queen will also be crowned.

Hi-way 50 is one of 13 drive-ins still open in Tennessee. While movies are becoming more accessible on the Internet, Danielle said she doesn't think it affects her business.

"The atmosphere is what keeps people coming. It's also affordable. You can watch two movies for $7 a person," said Danielle.

She said she enjoys seeing families spend time with one another when they come to the drive in.

The Wakhems plan to have trees planted in the future to help create a sound barrier from the road.