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I have many memories as a kid going to the Andalusia Drive In. It was definetly an independent. Many of the local teenagers would sneak in by hiding in car trunks or by sneaking through one of many holes in the fence and meet up with friends who drove through and paid. I think the many problems they had with the kids may have contributed to its closing. The grounds now are host to a storage space rental company
I just found this thread. Great topic. I know the Boyd/Sameric very well having pretty much grown up in it. My father had a drapery shop in the basement for about ten years.He did all the drape and front end work for the Sameric Corp. mid 70’s to mid eighties. I have great memories as a kid walking(sneaking) up to see a movie. I remember seeing Earthquake in Sensuround, Rollerball, Starwars 1, Holloween and the premiere for Rocky 1. The last time I was there was for the premiere of Philadelphia. It was the last of the great movies houses that graced center city. Its great that they are rescuing it. The former owners did nothing to upkeep it. It just did not mesh with their multiplex mindset. It has been demonstrated that a well run classic house can be profitable. The Senator theatre in Baltimore is proof.There is a great book that was printed in the early 90’s about the great Phila movie palaces, with a lot of great pics. I forget the author and title. I will try to find out though.
There are two very large albeit narrow auditoriums at the Tilton. I think they hold more than 500 each. I know the theatre very well having done work there for the past 20 years or so. I have some great pics on my website; www.faystudios.net