Free books at Drive-In at the Midway

Mary Pom ClaiborneOur Town Youth

For some people, when the air turns crisp, it’s all about football. But for others, Friday night lights are all about the silver screen under the stars. The city of Knoxville and Knox County Public Library’s free outdoor movie series kicks off this Friday with “The Karate Kid” starring Jaden Smith (2010) on the Midway in Chilhowee Park. It is followed by “Raya and the Last Dragon” on Oct. 8, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on Oct. 22, and “Coco” on Oct. 29. The lineup was decided by a public vote.

No tickets or reservations are required this year. The grounds open at 6 p.m., and the movies will start at 7:30. The first few rows will be reserved for moviegoers who want to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie. Designated spots will still be available for guests to drive in and park. Popcorn and concessions such as hot dogs, nachos, doughnuts and hot cocoa will be available. Moviegoers can also bring in their own food and drinks; no alcohol or grills are allowed. The Friends of the Library will distribute free bags of books while supplies last. Participants are encouraged to practice Covid-19 safety measures.

Drive-In at the Midway is made possible through the generous support of Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union and B97.5. Info here.


  • October 1 – “The Karate Kid” (PG, 2010)
  • October 8 – “Raya and the Last Dragon!” (PG, 2021)
  • October 15 – no movie, open weekend
  • October 22 – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG-13, 2017)
  • October 29 – “Coco” (PG, 2017)

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library. She writes a Wednesday feature for

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