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I might have the seating capacity wrong but I know it had a large lower level of four sections. Two large sections in the middle seperated by a center isle and an two outside rows. It also had a very large balcony. Or at least it seemed large to me at the time.
Yes, lostmemory is correct, The capacity was 975 vehicles. It was also fully paved front and back screen.
I have endless info on this theatre.
My father, George Jolley, used to manage this drive in theatre in the 70’s. We lived at the theatre in a mobile home supplied by the owner. I was a full time projectionist there at the age of 11. It had a ferris wheel and carousel, both of which were not working when we arrived. It had a 500' throw from the projector lense to the screen. The front screen was so large that it had to be concave for the lense to focus at the outer edges.
My father, George Jolley, managed the theatre in the 60’s. I grew up there. Saw many great films. Johnny Long of LCL theatres owned it. Great theatre. Seated 1700 ppl. Lots of memories of the showboat.