By Lonnie Wilkey
FRANKLIN — In the late 1950s and 1960s drive-in movies were the rage across America. By the end of the 1970s, the outdoor theaters began to close at a rapid pace for several reasons including the advent of VHS movies you could watch from the comfort of your own home.
But some survived and now they are being used by churches to share the gospel when churches are forced to not meet due to the coronavirus pandemic.
By most accounts, there are about 13 drive-in movie theaters still in operation in towns and cities across the state including Watertown and Elizabethton.
First Baptist Church, Watertown, and Calvary Baptist Church in Elizabethton took advantage of the technology in place in their towns to meet corporately while having safeguards in place to protect their members. [Read more…]