Opened on August 5, 1950 as the Lee Drive-In by Waddy C. and Virginia Atkins of Roanoke; in August 1957, changed to present name under new owner Sebert W. Hull, who operated it for 41 years before passing away in early 1998. In 1999 it went dark; however, a group of local citizens, calling themselves "Hull's Angels", incorporated and mobilized in order to save their beloved drive-in from oblivion. They leased the property and put into effect their plans to revive the drive-in, and eventually purchase it outright. Thanks to their tireless efforts, it reopened in July 2000 -- the only non-profit, community-owned drive-in theatre in America. Recently the Angels completed their purchase of the business, but help is still accepted from all to make needed upgrades to the drive-in and keep it running (i.e., you too can be a Hull's Angel). Details are on the Hull's website (see above link).
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Average rating: 4.87 (8 votes)
"Absolutely great. Food was good. We had a wonderful time." 5 -- Fifer
"Very nicely maintained and operated. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes classic Drive-Ins." 5 -- Stan Sheridan
"We come from Altavista, VA and we love the atmosphere and a good drive-in movie. It's worth the trip and it's fun. We've been coming to Hull's for 3 years and will keep coming back." 5 -- Mike Creasy
"Keep up the good work, hope it stays open for other generations" 5 -- Eddie
"Enjoy drive-in a lot. Some of the speakers need a little work." 4 -- Esther
"Visited Hull's for the first time to see Cars with my husband. It brought back great childhood memories of going to the drive-in - the sights, smells, sounds. Awesome! The only problem is, it was sooo relaxing, I fell asleep during the movie! We drove in from Botetourt County." 5 -- Gina
"I love this drive-in, a cheap family outing on a weekend, would like to see maybe one night a week committed to children with movies like Cars. Other than that this place is awesome, I live in Callaghan which is about 50 mins away." 5 -- JANET
"I live in Ohio and visit my family several times a year in Covington. Everytime I come in during the summer I have to come to the drive in. All of the family gets together and drives over. We have a great time and enjoy coming every year. You guys are doing a great job and I hope you keep this going for many years to come." 5 -- Tammy
Click here to see the 1990 USGS map depicting the drive-in and
Click here to see a 1998 aerial photo of the drive-in.
Thanks to Joe Smith for the pictures below, taken on 6/2/2000, as the Hull's Angels were preparing the drive-in for its reopening:
On the next page are photos of Hull's taken on reopening night, July 7, 2000.
Click here for a spectacular photo of the then-Lee Drive-In and surrounding area, taken shortly after the theatre's 1950 opening. Thanks to David Atkins, grandson of the founders, for providing the photo.
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