Bankhead Drive-In

3350 Bankhead Highway NW,
Atlanta, GA 30331

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Bankhead Drive-In

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Two of the most distinctive drive-in theatres in the Atlanta area were the Bankhead Drive-In and the I-85 Drive-In. Both theatres had screens that were in themselves attractions: the Bankhead Drive-In featured a large neon “curtain”, and the 1-85 Drive-In resembled a silly putty version of Tara.

The Bankhead Drive-In was opened prior to 1955.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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steveblanton
steveblanton on October 24, 2008 at 11:59 am

I remember the Bankhead Drive In from the 50s and 60s. It was always a thrill to go there for a movie. Often, we’d sit outside the theater in our car and watch the picture over the fence without the benefit of sound. Wow, I miss those times!

Steve B.

StanMalone
StanMalone on May 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Newspaper ad from 1964 with a write up on “A Hard Days Night.”

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StanMalone
StanMalone on May 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Link to the Drive In ladder ad in the Atlanta paper on August 5, 1964. The blogger has also written up some of his memories of working at these places. Worth a look if you are interested in the drive in culture from 1970 – 1990.

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DaveNewton
DaveNewton on December 9, 2009 at 10:51 am

Wow, thanks so much for posting those pictures. I never saw any movies here, as by the time I was growing up this was in an area considered not all that safe. However I drove by this Drive-In hundreds, if not thousands of times, in my youth and I always loved the way the entrance to this Drive-In looked.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Nice photos Lost Memory.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Before Georgia theatres bought it.the BANKHEAD was owned by West End Theatres.Still parking 650 cars in 1956.

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