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Adair's Theatres

This article first appeared in issue 18, and was written by Ed Waggener.

Morgan Brothers, Van Zant's Overland, and Mr. Kerbow entertained us with portable theaters in the open, long before drive-ins were here

Some of Adair's theatres were out-of-doors, some itinerant. Among them were:

-The MORGAN BROTHERS SHOWS. Charles and Richard Morgan, who both became electrical engineers, bought a projector in the '30s and showed moving pictures around the county. Their cousin, Dr. George P. Webb remembers the brothers bringing the show to his father's general store at Mell, KY,, drawing a crowd from the three county-Metcalfe, Adair, and Green-catchment area of the store.

-VAN ZANT'S OVERLAND THEATRE was a portable theatre which was based in Edmonton and toured surrounding communities, including Adair County, according to the late Ruth Van Zant, onetime editor of the Edmonton Herald-News and the daughter of J.P. Van Zant, Van Zant Overland Theatre's owner.

-The DR. PEPPER BOTTLING PLANT'S free outdoor theatre appeared in the late 1940s. Mr. Rives Kerbow, in a tiff with the downtown theatres, would screen free movies outdoors on the school grounds of the old Columbia Graded and High Schools.

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