Hilltop Drive-In

802 E. Martintown Road,
North Augusta, SC 29841

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TLSLOEWS on March 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Mike LOEWS did the same thing when it closed to LOEWS CRESCENT they tore out the screen 45 footer it was and took all the projection equiptment somewhere else,but it was theirs.The last Manager there told me that they did not wanting someone else opening it back up,although MARTIN THEATRES did run it as THE CRESCENT for about 2 more years and shut down for good.Downtown theatres were on the way out.

TLSLOEWS on March 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm

After a second look at you slideshow the NATIONAL HILLS photo is the theatres marquee Sorry Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

At least Bill thought enough of the old drive in to take a picture. I too went there when it closed looking for ONE-Sheets found one a western called “CATLOW” and that was it. The booth had been hacked to pieces GEORGIA THEATRE STYLE. They had a habit which i have written about, tearing a theatre apart once they sell it.And you have something to keep since you played there as a child.

TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Well how many? And what about walk-ins?Your the Man!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm


TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm

What about motorbikes,It should be able to hold a lot.

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Mike Rogers on February 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Okay, on the Savannah river below the Drive in QUITE A FEW. Have you ever heard of FLICKR? came across it on my REGENCY MALL Cinemas and someone wrote that a manager was Killed there in a robbery. I am 99% sure that is FALSE.I am not on FLICKR so i couldn’t respond even though I did on the REGENCY MALL CINEMAS site.

TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 5:35 pm

How many boats and planes would it hold Mike?

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Mike Rogers on February 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Bill Barkley tells me it closed in 1982.

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Mike Rogers on February 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm

October 25 1974 sees CHARLES BRONSON on the screen in “DEATH WISH” rated R, second feature is the very weak, “NEWMAN’S LAW” rated PG.

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Mike Rogers on February 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Going back to april 5 1975 Now showing,playing day and date with the MILLER THEATRE . “THE LAND TIME FORGOT” second feature is the BIG HIT… “GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER” both rated PG.

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Mike Rogers on January 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm

JUNE 12 1979 NOW SHOWING on a Drive in soon to be closed up.Less than year left. “H.O.T.S.” and “ SWINGING CHEERLEADERS” rated R.

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Mike Rogers on January 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

July 10 1975 NOW SHOWING James Caan in a cheap BLAZING SADDLES rip off, “GONE WITH THE WEST” rated R, and the second feature which makes no sense is"THE LEGEND OF HELLHOUSE" rated pg.

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Mike Rogers on January 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm

JUNE 16 1974,bet Projectionist Chuck Dray had to preview these two movies to snip out any nudity before showing in North Augusta,S.C.
Now playing “THE TEACHER” and “THE STEPMOTHER” I often wondered if any one noticed the spice marks.

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Mike Rogers on January 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm

ED, you are not going to believe this but the guy that played the bus driver lives down the street from me. He,like me was a Stagehand, working MIDNIGHT COWBOY. The actor that was suppose to play that part got drunk the night before,so the next morning the Director puts him in the movie.
I asked him why he hasn’t let one of TV or papers do a feature on him and he flat out said “No Way” .I don’t know,I think it was because the film was X rated. Small World. I Knew the Projectionist at the Hilltop He probably dropped a reel or two on WOODSTOCK. Chuck could it until he started showing movies on platters.

edblank on January 16, 2010 at 8:00 am

“Woodstock” and “The Wild Bunch” is an odd double bill, all right. No doubt they were packaged for that drive-in engagement because they were both Warner films from the same period. On the other hand,combined they run five hours and 18 minutes. And with a late start the first week of August, plus an intermission between them and possibly one midway through “Woodstock” (three hours and four minutes) I’d be surprised if many cars were still there at about three in the morning.

As for “Midnight Cowboy” and “Alice’s Restaurant,” they played hundred of engagements together. They were both United Artists pictures from the same season. Once they were “played out” individually, UA sent them out as a package because they were perceived as sharing a bit of a counter-culture identity. That was true of “Alice’s Restaurant,” for sure; “Midnight Cowboy” had much greater mainstream appeal, but in this case it could be pressed into service for its underlying counter-culture appeal.

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Mike Rogers on January 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Oh,the good old days in the other side of the Savannah River,The Hilltop is showing on June 6 1965 BEACH BLANKET BINGO.

June 3 1966 the DALEKS and RAIDERS are playing Sci-Fi,on the hill.

June 10 1972 now here is a triple feature you even find in Southern California. MIDNIGHT COWBOY,ALICE’S RESTAURANT, and THE CHRISTINE JOURGSEN STORY. Rated X,Rated R and Rated R. some booking for that side of the river.

Hilltop Drive in on July 2 1972 ELVIS in CLAMBAKE and KID GALAHAD.

BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS with the BAREFOOT EXECUTIVE would follow. BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS would have an impressive run at DANIEL VILLAGE for several weeks.

July 16 1972 FROGS and THE CONQUEROR WORM plays Horror at the HIllTOP. Both rated PG.
Following this horror double feature will be HANNIE CAULDER and A GUNFIGHT with Kirk DOUGLAS and JOHNNY CASH rated PG.

July 30 1972 Boy,this is ELVIS country,he is back with LIVE A LITTLE AND LOVE A LITTLE. second feature is GIRL HAPPY and the third movie is THAT’S THE WAY IT IS.

Coming next another strange double feature, WOODSTOCK and THE WILD BUNCH.{what?] both rated R.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

More big films to play at the HILLTOP.

June 5 1964 Big BINGO cash night win up to $500.00 dollars! That is good money for 2010,much less 1964.


June 7 1964 now showing PT 109 and Spencer’s Mountain and third feature is DONOVAN’S REEF.

June 15 1964 and the Hilltop is playing WALK A TIGHTROPE.

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Mike Rogers on January 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

THE HILLTOP in the summer of 1953 was playing;


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Mike Rogers on December 28, 2009 at 7:55 am

Here is a booking in 1976 that could only be at a DRIVE In! First feature is BUGS BUNNY SUPERSTAR rated G and the second feature is MONTY PYTHON and the HOLY GRAIL. GO figure.

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Mike Rogers on December 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Nov. 22 1977 Now Playing THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT with second feature ALEX AND THE GYPSY both rated R,Bet Chuck Dray, The projectionist, loved those two.

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Mike Rogers on December 5, 2009 at 1:08 pm

March 31 1972 now showing MARK OF THE DEVIL with second feature the 50’s PIT AND THE PENDULUM.what a contrast only seen at a Drive In. Free Vomit bags at the box office!FIRST film rated V for violence.

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Mike Rogers on November 19, 2009 at 10:32 am

APRIL 22 1977 GONE IN 60 SECONDS and EAT MY DUST are playing at THE HILLTOP DRIVE IN. Rated Pg.

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Mike Rogers on November 19, 2009 at 9:56 am

NOV. 23. 1963 a sad wwekend.Many area theatres Closed, The HILLTOP DRIVE IN is playing THE SMASHING OF THE REICH and KAMIKAZE they will play bingo before the movies. Ever wonder where these gems end up?