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The tower looks like an apartment building!
Cool name for a drive in!
Cool when you look at the ‘58 & '74 photos you can see buildings starting to creep up around the drive in!
Is “Barbarella” actually spelled “Bardarella?” lol
Wow! You can still see the parking ramps!
Thank you! Wish I could find more. I talk to locals all the time to find out as much info as I can. It fascinates me that my little hometown actually had a drive in! I walk the land a couple times a year, hoping I’ll find something new.
Today I talked to the owner of the land that the Jur used to sit on. He showed me the exact spot where the screen tower was at. It used to sit in front of a large pine tree. I went to the area and took a few photos. You can make out a couple of spots of the remaining concrete. He purchased the land 10 years ago and told me that the pylons that held the screen was all that was left when he purchased the land, the concession stand & snack bar were long gone as was the screen itself. He had the pylons bulldozed and buried just a few years ago.
wonder if there are any old one sheets laying around inside the tower? I don’t think I would be brave enough to venture in to find out. Probably guarded by rats lol
wow! someone should take pictures while its still there!
Snack bar is very cheap too. Wide variety of snacks!
No wonder this one is still open, it’s waaaayyyy out in the country. Kind of hard to find & very small. Well kept & clean though.
This was the first theatre owned by Curtis McCall, owner of the Marquee Cinemas chain. It got its name from the first 3 letters of his name followed by his 2 siblings.
Wow, equipped for 70mm films!
Doesn’t even look like the land was used immediately for retail shops. Nature was overtaking the land for a few years at least according to the aerial photo.
That is one humongous tower!
I used to visit family in and around this area in the early to mid 90’s. Don’t ever remember seeing any remains of this drive in.
sad. I hate to see the demolition of a mighty screen tower
J.J. Walker in a cameo role lol
One of the best drive in photos I’ve seen on CT
I’ve seen Spies Like Us a hundred or so times since it’s release, I had forgotten all about the drive in scene. I’ll have to check out my blu ray tonight lol
amazing that 2 competing drive ins were able to co-exist side by side in the 50’s & 60’s. Multiplexes don’t even do that today!
Very nice story billfig. Yes, I find the inside of those old screen towers creepy too, even at my age of 43 lol. I went inside a couple over the years and there are usually large rats and birds nesting inside. It is cool sometimes to find old posters though!
Looks like it held more than 200 cars too