Kentucky Drive-ins

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Parkette Drive In
Lexington, KY
The Parkette Drive In opened in 1951 and offered car hop service. The animated sign is about 35 feet tall. It was built in 1957 and cost $10,000 to produce. It has been estimated that it would cost about $100,000 to build it today. The sign cost about $1,000 per year to maintain the neon. It is believed that this drive-in was inspired by another Parkette Drive-in in West Virginia, most likely Long's Parkette in Kenova. In 2013, a Dine-In Garage was added. In 2022, the Parkette closed and was demolished. The property will be used by a car dealership but the sign will remain. It was designated as as a landmark by the city. There are plans to restore the sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

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Conley's Drive-in (Middlesboro)
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