Family-owned drive-in theater to open soon

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By Amanda Manning

It’s showtime in Oldham County.


The Sauerbeck Family Drive-In Theater is opening Friday, Aug. 10, according to owner Stephen Sauerbeck.

The drive-in will be the county’s only movie theater. The Oldham 8 movie theater closed its door in 2013. Sauerbeck, whose first job was at Oldham 8, thinks a theater is a family-friendly option missing from Oldham County.

“There’s not much as far as entertainment opportunities in Oldham County. There’s a lot of going to Jefferson County,” he said. “The drive-in itself is a very enjoyable experience.”

The drive-in theater will play double features on a 60-feet tall and 90-feet diagonal screen. The current screening area can fit 450 cars. The second phase of the project includes an area that will be able to fit an additional 350 cars.

Sauerbeck says he gets asked a lot if they will ever play Rated R movies.

“It’s tough to say no, but if we have the option, it’s not our preference because it’s just a smaller market for them,” he explained. “Once we have the second screen, then we have the opportunity to play a PG-13 and a R movie and a PG-13 and G (movie) on another maybe.”

Moviegoers will have the option to purchase popcorn, pretzels, nachos and mini donuts at the concession stand.

The drive-in movie theater was proposed previously by Sauerbeck for Old La Grange Road, but that location received pushback from the public in 2016. The Oldham County Planning Comission approved this location last year.

“It’s a long time coming, but it’s very exciting,” Sauerbeck said.

The drive-in theater is located at 3210 D.W. Griffith Lane off of Commerce Parkway in La Grange. The theater’s road is named after the famous filmmaker who lived in La Grange at one point.

The theater will play The Meg and Rampage on opening night. To learn more, visit sauerbeckfamilydrivein.com.