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Short story on the Royal Land at the old drive-in.
Take a look at the photos I linked to on the Royal DI also in Meridian. It also shows the castle looking buildings also. They had a place called Royal Land according to the pics.
This suggestive bushy patch in the intersection looked more like a drive-in in older GE views:
Wow, they start movies at 2:30 am on a Wednesday night? Not like people in MI need to get up and go to work I suppose…
On the map link above, just scroll to the left a little… Address is off a tad. If you type in 9474 Telegraph Rd it takes you right to it.
I retract my restaurant looking building comment. Heck, with only 10 parking spaces…..
Pic of the Clanton Drive-In. Last Pic.
Yes, the Royal was on I-20. Here are some 2005 pics of the Royal.
According to a couple of Panoramio pics, the one on I-20:
Is the Royal.
There was another drive-in off Hwy 19, NW of town off Hills St. It’s behind the spot labeled Village Kitchen. GE Historical shows the lot was redeveloped in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. That could have been the Meridian.
Behind what appears to be a restaurant, on S. Big A Road is this place. Probably it:
Glad someone is reading this page!
They also have a Facebook page….
Bing maps actually show the screen in the satellite view:
Looking at some old images, there was a drive-in at 41N and Farmers Market Rd.
Street View shows what appears to be the screen back in the forest growing there…
Here it is South of Town on Hwy 25:
And their website:
And I’d say they are open!
ESE of town is this place:
Google Earth in the early 90’s showed a drive-in at this location, corner of Redwood Ave and Redwood Cir:
Currently has 2 assisted care facilities on the property, don’t think a 6 plex was ever built there. Old imagery makes it look like it was twinned at one point.
May be wrong, but a Redwood Drive-In on Redwood Ave makes sense….
Is it Edray or Eldray?
About all I do in that case Ron, is find a business or two in the immediate area, Google them to get their exact address, and go from there. Occasionally addresses change. An old theater may be 431 Main St, but the new business in the same old building may use 433 Main St, as an example.
Usually Beltline just refers to a road that circles the city, doesn’t need to be an Interstate. Like Beltline Rd in Dallas.
Jane, according to the Historic Aerials link above on 12/6/08, the land the drive-in was still a vacant lot in the 1961 view….
Picture of the screen:
Looks like a stiff wind could knock this thing down…..
My post on June 9 of the Historic Aerials shot would explain a lot of what the are looked like back then…….. You ought to try it.
Looks to be for sale. $150K and it’s yours… Both theaters and 3 acres.
As you look at the photos, the building on the right hand side survives today.
The lot is now occupied by Virginia Senior Citizens Center, using 511 Chestnut St. as their address.
Right where Ron said it was: