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NeonMichael – I have heard that Years ago it movie studios did not like drive-in theaters. So it was hard for them to get first run films oftentimes they would order their films in cooperation with a local theater and the distribution companies would drop them off their and theater owners would pick them up and take them to the drive-in and visa-versa when returning them. I think because of this the theater catalogs addresses for the drive-in theaters was sometime incorrect. It may have been the address of an indoor theater or another business. Maybe this was a similar situation.
I think this theater is still standing! Well at least the building is anyways. The address is 109 N. Main St, Colerain, NC 27924. It and the building next to it is or has been used as a church! Cannot see anything inside they have curtains and blinds on the windows. Would love to see if there is anything left of the theater. If you look at the front it looks like it was a segregated theater with a main entrance and a separate door probably with seating in a balcony for colored.
I think this theater became a porn theater, my father said he was looking for a movie to go see in the paper and this theaters ad did not have movies listed it said to call for movies, so my father did and he said that the movies playing were x-rated.
I was told that this theaters location is about where the fire dept. is now located that street address is 7102 NC-32 Roper, NC. Please change above address.
By the Google map view it looks like there might also be a remnant of the base of the ticket booth at the end of the entry exit road toward the back of the lot.
Based on Kenmores information this address should change to 1366 N. Broad St.
You can now scratch Bessemer City Kings Mountain closed after 2014 season, But you can add Hounds in Kings Mountain.
Looks like that screen had a lot of cables bet that one never blew away in a tornado or hurricane.
This is the closest Drive-In Theater to us it was over 2 hour drive but now I am 36 miles closer so now about an hour and a half.
Chetter 79 Thanks for setting me straight. Now we just need to get the marketplace twin added to CT.
And her is another link with another pic with a newer marquis:
Here is the link to the photo I promised over 2 years ago:
Sorry I work very, very, very, very slow!LOL
Picture of the screen and ticket booth at links below
This is at the W. Main St address I mentioned in my previous post
I think this Drive-In Theater is on 64 Alt which may have been part of Hwy 17 it maps as 2000 W Main St. It is now a storage unit rental place the screen and ticket booth still exist. The bottom of the screen has been turned into storage units. They built concrete block storage unit buildings in the back of the lot. There is a concrete slab roughly 50yds from the screen this was either the project booth or it was a projection concession stand and if that’s the case it must have been a walk up window. If someone could talk the owner into leasing what’s left of the lot there might be enough space for about 50-75 cars.
4/18/15 land still for sale – just think of all that money they could have made if they kept leasing the property as a Drive-In Theater. They could have put a clause in the lease that if it sold that the lease was finished. They would have had a monthly check coming in anyways and Delaware would still have a drive in theater.
I am told there was also an indoor theater in Creswell so far have not found any info or pictures of this theater. This theater was located near the Drive-In Theater.
Does anyone have any info on this theater? Is it listed in any theater catalogs? It had a landing strip, was there a row for airplanes? Any information would br great.
Maybe there were 2 drive-in theaters on this road either at the same time or maybe different times. I’ve tried searching on google but have not come up with any evidence. But I do see the remnants of the ramps at 291.
Route 42 and 1106 on Google maps you can still see the ramps and maybe the remnants of a marquee. If the maps are accurate and nothing has built their yet this one with alot of work could be active again.
@canibfrankwithyou: What did you do with the projection equipment?
This concept may have worked if all for screens came from one projector, then there would not have been any need for the projectionist to strike. If they could have taken the Cinema 360 concept with a screen for every car and scaled it down to four screens.
I was told by a lady at the museum when the Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center acquired the theater the roof had caved in from all the years being vacant. The interior has been mostly remodeled, it has been completely opened up, the floor has been leveled,the conscession stand,and stage removed. There is now a walkway that ramps upward to spaces above, it is a partial second floor open to below were the museum displays are layed out. It looks as though there was a balcony in this theater which is still partialy there along with some rooms behind the balcony, I assume this was the projection booth, they now have large windows that look out on the museum. An interesting not with this theater is that it had a seperate entrance for people of color if you look at the street view above you can see the entrance opening with the marquee above it if you look imediatly left you can see another opening without a marquee over it in this opening there is a single door and a ticket booth window This was the colored entrance. I assume that when it was a theater that the inside was seperated also the balcony was probably for colored people and I am sure the was seperate bathrooms.
I am currently a ministry student and I am currently working to start a mobile theater ministry, Which I hope to grow to someday include some Drive-In theaters and Indoor Theaters. They will only show movies with a clear biblical message.
This Theater was associated with Rev. Terry and Olive Little who also ran the Devils Lake Drive-In in Manitou Beach, MI. Which is also on Cinema Treasures. Although they have passed away and Both theaters are now closed their ministry lives on as a mobile theater ministry which was started with the proceeds from the sale of this theater, their website is:
I sure would like to see some pictures of this Theater