Comet Drive-In

1176 Odens Mill Road,
Sylacauga, AL 35150

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Comet Drive-In

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The Comet Drive-In opened on July 1, 1949 with Lon Chaney Jr. in “16 Fathoms Deep”. It was designed by Martin Theatres in-house architect, Rufus E. Bland of Columbus, Georgia. This single screen drive-in had a capacity for 400 cars. It was demolished in the 1990’s.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 10, 2006 at 11:35 am

This story is not about this drive-in, but something that happened near it:

“Sylacauga, Alabama made the headlines on November 30, 1954. Across from the once standing Comet drive in theatre, Ann Hodges decided to take a short nap on her couch. Instead of waking up to a bird’s chirp outside her window, she awakened to a loud crash as a 7 by 5 inches meteorite crashed through her roof. She watched as the rock bounced off the radio console only to strike her on the arm and hip. Forunately, Mrs. Hodges was not seriously injured, but she did get a good size bruise. The same can not be said for the wooden radio that was completely destroyed. The fireball, as it entered the atmosphere, was visible in 3 different states.

She became a instant celebrity and has went down in history as the only case of a person ever being struck by a meteorite. Of course, this freak occurance not only caused a bruised thigh but also a major headache when her landlord, Mrs. Birdie Guy, took a case to court claiming that the meteorite belonged to her since it fell in her house. To this day, people are still talking about Sylacauga and the falling star".

carolgrau on April 10, 2006 at 12:55 pm

With that kind of luck I hope she went to the racetrack the next day.

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Here is the 1949 photo, along with an undated photo:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2009 at 8:29 am

The correct name of the architect of the Comet Drive-In was Rufus E. Bland. As the Martin circuit’s in-house architect, he designed many theaters for them from the late 1940s, and perhaps earlier, until at least as recently as 1973.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Goggle Earth 1996…

I think this is the location?

jwmovies on September 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

That’s it! Approx. address for this drive-in was 1176 Odens Mill Road.

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