The Last Picture Show
Pocahontas County, West Virginia, is one of the most sparsely populated counties east of the Mississippi River. It is a land of rugged moutains and peaceful farms, the kind of place where you may easily have to drive an hour or more along winding country roads to get to the nearest grocery store or gas station, the kind of place where a cell phone signal is pretty much hopeless and where Walmart and Starbucks are but a dream.
It is not the kind of place where one would expect to find a movie theater of any sort, and I’d wager a guess that none exist there today. But sometime in the past Pocahontas County did indeed sport at least one drive-in movie theater. It’s remnants still stand alongside US 250 in the tiny town of Bartow, a monument to Pocahontas County’s last picture show.