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Sometimes the mapping ability on different web mapping sites is misaligned, and the correct address does not go where it is supposed to be. In those instances, intersections are probably more useful than road numbers. GPS coordinates and aerial photos are best for long-term documentation, since road numbers and road names can change over time.
River Rd, .2 mile east of Park View DrWashington, NC 27889
There’s a drive-in there, visible on Google Earth 1993 imagery.
545 Concord Pkwy NConcord, NC 28027
The site of the drive-in is now a K-Mart.
3604 Market StWilmington, NC 28403
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now occupied by Super 8 Motel.
Market Street is also US 17 Business, and is located in the north part of town.
Does anyone know if this was aka Wilmington Drive-In?
2395 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC 28401
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was across Carolina Beach Road from the Star Way Drive-In, also in Wilmington.
There is a gas station where the entrance used to be, and the location of the drive-in is now a medical complex with a large drainage pond.
Found a few clues o the location of this drive-in after reading an article in the Gastonia Gazette from November 27, 1947, page 7, about the construction of a new drive-in on Gastonia-Kings Mountain Road, probably in reference to the Diane Drive-in, aka US 29 Diane Drive-In.
The article mentions the name of the owner of the new drive-in which was under construction as P. B. Grigg of Lincolnton, and that he “also was operating the Friendly Drive-in Theatre in Lincolnton” which was the main clue to the location of the drive-in, which was previously indicated to be on US 321 in Gastonia. It was located much further north on what is now US 321 Business, or North Aspen Street. I found the drive-in using a 1951 aerial photo on HistoricAerial.com.
Lincolnton is roughly 15 miles north of Gastonia, but they probably advertised heavily in the Gastonia Gazette, as it was a much larger town with a wider circulation.
The address of the drive-in is:
2220 N Aspen St
Lincolnton, NC 28092
The site is currently occuped by Carmike Cinema 8.
Does anyone know about a Statesville Drive-In, probably open in the late 1940s or early 1950s?
Springs Rd NE at Jeffrey Ln
Conover, NC 28613
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The address provided by jwmovies is for the Hickory Drive-In, which was in a different location.
The Thunderbird Drive-In was also on Springs Rd, but was located ½ mile the the west.
5933 Brookshire BlvdCharlotte, NC 28216
Old Greensboro Rd at E 5th StWinston-Salem, NC 27101
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was on Old Greensboro Road at the intersection of E 5th St.
Nighthawk’s location for the drive-in is off by roughly 8/10 of a mile to the north.
The drive-in is under the northwest cloverleaf at the intersection of Wilmington Hwy and NC-24.
For mapping and address purposes, Wilmington Hwy at Yopp Rd will map accurately to the former location of the drive-in. An aerial photo from 1974 has been uploaded to this CT page.
No trace of the drive-in remains today, as it was completely wiped out when the Wilmington Hwy at NC-24 interchange was built.
Forest Drive-In is also showing the same address, either this was aka or something is mixed up. Does anyone have access to newspaper ads, or is familiar enough with the area to provide accurate address information?
3420 Holloway StDurham, NC 27703
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now occupied by Durham Ridge Assisted Living.
4733 Boston RdRoxboro, NC 27574
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now occupied by Craig Ford Auto Repair.
3619 Ramsey StFayetteville, NC 28311
The above address will map accurately to the locatiob of the drive-in, which is now the site of Laser Car Wash and Sonic Drive-In.
I counted five seperate drive-in locations along a 1.5 miles section of Fort Bragg Blvd, between Fort Bragg and Fayettville.
jwmovies gave the Starlite DI and the Skyway DI the same address.
Drive-In entrance was off W College St, near Henslee Dr.
Can you tell us what street the drive-in used to be on, and what’s on the property now?
The name of the road near the bridge is Burchfield Road, therefore it is very likely that the name of the drive-in would have been the Burchfield Drive-In, and not Birchfield. A historical newspaper ad would clear that up, if anyone can dig one up from 1950-54.
5078 Clinton HwyKnoxville, TN 37912
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now occupied by a retail shopping plaza anchored by Food City, Advance Auto Parts, and Ace Hardware.
6777 Clinton HwyKnoxville, TN 37912
The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now the site of the Northwest Crossing Walmart Supercenter.
Correction: The 4-Lane Drive-In and MarBro Drive-In both occupied the same site. The 4-Lane Drive-In was demolished around 1963 or 1964, and completely rebuilt to reopen as the MarBro Drive-In on June 6, 1966.
The address referred to by JWMovies is incorrect. That was the correct location for the Starlite Drive-In, also in Murfreesboro.
The 4-Lane Drive-In operated from 1954-1963, and was located on Old Nashville Highway at Van Cleave Lane. It was demolished after the 1963 season due to the construction of the new Nashville Highway, which split the 4-Lane in half.
The 4-Lane was replaced by the MarBro Drive-In, located ½ further north on Van Cleave Lane at Battlefield Parkway, which opened June 06, 1966. Marbro is a shortened version of Martin Brothers, since the drive-in was owned by the Martin Theatre Circuit.
The Starlite Drive-In closed around 1967, soon after the opening of the newer MarBro Drive-In.
3765 E Andrew Johnson HwyMorristown, TN 37814
King Ridge Apartments now occupies the site of the former drive-in.