Viking Outdoor Cinema

2012 Highway 29 N,
Anderson, SC 29621

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Viking Outdoor Cinema

The Viking Outdoor Cinema is closed, but the screen and projection booth remained until around 2010.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm

The Viking Outdoor Cinema is a drive-in we passed by on our trips to Tennessee. In the earlydays it was a family drive-in. Passing by for 20 seconds or so i remember seeing a BEETLE BAILEY cartoon on the big screen. It would late show X rated films with large lights on the highway to keep folks from seeing the smut.
Ten years ago,or longer i stopped by the old drive-in and took down two black one sheet frames left on the box office. The concession and booth were one level, but I don’t know when Lauren Grubb drove by but a few years ago there was nothing but that old screen. Rusty,In fact, when I was getting the one sheet frames 10 or more years ago i don’t think the concession/Booth was still standing.

I walked down and nothing but a cement slab.

I did take a picture of the place before it closed in the late 80’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 5, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I wonder if the Viking was also Known as the HY WAY 29 Drive in because both I think are on the same road. Owned by Sanders & Temple.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I would be willing to bet the VIKING had already stopped showing movies,with FLEA MARKET on the marquee.

TLSLOEWS on April 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Kind of strange looking marquee.Maybe Flea Market was the movie!!!!!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 21, 2010 at 8:09 am

Wiliam C.Cline in his book about the theatre business in the Carolinas,“STROKE OF FORTUNE” mentions he booked Drive-ins in Anderson ,but sadly did not list the names of the Drive-ins.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I am not too sure if that was a projection booth.I have walked that lot a bit,Even took two one sheet frames from the old boxoffice,I thought the booth was part of the concession stand nearer the screen.The building shown in the picture was closer to the main road and certainly not centered of the screen.Seemed like a storage building to me.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I have pictures,maybe i can get Nick to put them on for me.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on June 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm

My photos were taken in 2005. I uploaded them now that we have the cool photo feature. I passed by in June 2011 and the site was still pretty much in the same condition as the 2005 photos as far as I could tell. 2012 Highway 29 N, Anderson, SC 29621 gets you very close to the theater. For some reason, spelling out “North” confuses Google.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

So the old screen is there.Saw alot of movies on that screen if only for about 4 seconds passing by on the way to grandma’s house.Did get two great one-sheet frames there,but i am repeating myself.Lauren,did you ever get any of the White Horse Drive-in in Greenville.I have a few.

Mmandarano on June 1, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Looks like the screen is gone now…from street view looks like it came down around 2010.

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