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From what I understand this theatre has TWO bio-boxes (projection rooms). The original one is way high up in the domed roof.
It opened on May 2, 1952 with “The Tanks Are Coming” and “Oh! Susanna”.
There’s also a Starlite St in the same location so I’d says its 100% the spot where it was.
Opened by Lloyd Honey on May 30th 1973, according to the book “Drive-in Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933” it actually had 120 screens and had a car radio sound system. It cost $70,000 to build.
I’ve found the location, it was located opposite the Dallas County Speedway, approximate address is 2867 U.S. 65, Urbana. The “Way’s Station” building still exists and looks like it was a gas station/garage at the time. Unfortunately the autoscope has been completely demolished, It’s present in a 1955 aerial photo but the site has been cleared by a 1983 image. Looking at Google Street View it looks like the wooden roadside marquee frame may be the sole surviving remnant of the world’s first autoscope.
Found it, that old local’s tip was correct. The current address today is 1260 Lincolnton Rd, Washington, GA 30673. It can be seen in a 1955 aerial image but completely demolished by 1971.
Now Trinity Assembly of God Church, approximate address is 70 Maranatha Dr, Fairmont, WV 26554.
At some point in the 60’s the capacity was virtually doubled, comparing a 1960 aerial photo with one from 1968 shows the field being a lot bigger.
The screen support foundation may still exist in the corner of one of the fields.
I’ve found the opening ad for this drive-in and it simply said “At Sylva Airport”. It opened on August 27th 1949 with “The Sea Wolf” and two cartoons. All the following newspaper ads simply said “at the airport”. The search for the location continues…
This actually looks like a really well kept operation, they have a large indoor seating area for walk-ins and it also looks like they still have the in car speaker system. There’s also a well maintained garden in front of the screen.
125 US-280, Americus, GA 31719, now Perry Brothers Oil and Tyre Company.
This drive-in was part of a complex called Sunset Beach Park which included the pool and picnic grounds, apparently the owner sold the property in May 2018 due to declining business and the cost of maintaining the pool. I’m not sure what the new owner plans to do or is doing with the site.
The correct address, at least that Google likes is 134 4 Line S, Shanty Bay, ON L0L 2L0, Canada.
The one was located at 102 E 22nd St, Stuttgart, AR 72160. It’s present in a 1955 aerial image. Site is now occupied by Farmers and Merchants Bank and Dean’s Pharmacy.
The above address is actually not accurate, at least not with Google. A better address would be 21 Southwicke Dr, Streamwood, IL 60107. This maps to Southwicke Park which is in the middle of the housing estate that was built on the drive-in location.
Now a housing estate with some of the best street names ever, Devito St, Eastwood Avenue and Indiana Jones Avenue.
Google prefers 12th Avenue NW as the street name.
Closed by 1965, a topo map from that year actually says “drive-in theater (abandoned)”. Its now a vacant tree filled lot.
The closest address for this one is 1337 Broadway Rd, Sanford, NC 27332. The drive-in was located to the left of East Lee Middle School where the Sanford Bypass now is. It also looks like this had 2 screens in a 1983 aerial photo. The remains of the drive-in sat there until around 1999-2000ish when it was cleared for the freeway.
This is still there complete with the screen still standing. Approximate address is Bulawayo Dr & Harare Rd, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The opening capacity was probably 67 cars but it was expanded, there are more ramps in a 1962 aerial photo.
Now Knoll’s Ready Mix, as noted above the site appears pretty much still complete in a 2016 aerial photo with screen, concession building and ticket box still present.
Appears to be used as a truck stop and some light towers might still exist.
The closest address is 1349 Selms Rd, Bridger, MT 59014. It was located opposite this address with the rocky cliffs behind it, hence the name of Rim Rock. It can be seen in 1957 and 1976 topo maps. There’s now a residence on the property.