WHNT, Huntsville AL’s News Leader, ran a story this week about the Wilson family, which started operating the Henagar Drive-In Theatre last month.
The Henagar made national news in early 2017 when its then-owners announced on Facebook that it wouldn’t show the live-action Beauty and the Beast because of a gay character in that movie. The drive-in was sold to Kala Penney just a few months later, and the 2017 season apparently progressed normally.
There were no Facebook posts from November 2017 to late July 2018, when a note said that “Henagar Drive-in will be re-opening, under our new management”. After a month of frantic work, the first movie of the year was shown on Sept. 7.
New operator Dominique Wilson told WHNT, “When the owner of the drive-in contacted me to lease it, I thought who better than my family.” She said they revived it to be a benefit to the community. I’m just glad to see that the Henagar get the positive press the new crew deserves.