Piedmont Drive-In

2426 Piedmont Road NE,
Atlanta, GA 30324

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Piedmont Drive-In

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Opened prior to 1955, and located on Piedmont Road NE at Lindbergh Drive NE. This was not a drive-in theater that was glitzy or glamorous. It was pretty much a working-class theater, with a great concession stand. There was a kiddie section almost right below the screen, where the parents would escort us so they could have peace and quiet in the car. They would retrieve us at the end of the movie.

Later, it was a favorite place to take dates for obvious reasons. On weekends, the theatre hired an off-duty policeman to walk up and down the rows of cars, shining his flashlight in, and cautioning couples to keep their heads above the seat.

Contributed by William J. Brotherton

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StanMalone on April 16, 2007 at 8:36 pm

This link to the Drive Ins.com website has some pictures of the snack bar and playground with the screen in the background.


StanMalone on May 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Newspaper ad from August 1964 and a write up on the lead feature opening that day:

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StanMalone on May 26, 2009 at 9:07 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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WHITEFIELD on June 21, 2009 at 5:41 am

Here is a 1950’s ad for The Dixie’s Drive-In Theatres, The Piedmont Drive-In Theatre and The Stewart Drive-In Theatre
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Jester on August 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I’m not sure all of Mr. Malone’s recollections are accurate. The Piedmont Drive-In was followed by Hastings Nurseries, a huge nursery and retail gardening facility. From there it went to retail and restaurants, and from that to Marta. And I think that the Arlan’s on Ponce de Leon became a huge Asian market before it was torn down for the present large shopping center (Home Depot, Whole Foods, Borders Books,Office Depot, et cetera.). I don’t think the government ever had anything to do with the old Ponce de Leon site. The City of Atlanta bought the old Sear’s distribution center/retail store directly across Ponce de Leon, and it has since been sold to private developers.

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Drive-In 54 on January 31, 2012 at 3:47 am

Added Aerial from 1960

WillDockery on March 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

My memories of the area are from around the 1979-84 time period when I lived and worked near there, worked at Carolina Lumber & Supply a bit to the south of this area, on Plaster Bridge Road, and the memories are very vivid. At that time, the Atlanta Flea Market was there, in a building that looked like it was once a department store, although I reckon it could have been the former location of Hastings Nursery, which by that time was located out Lindberg Drive at the corner of Cheshire Bridge Road, a few blocks to the east of Piedmont Road, across from the Varisty Jr.

Next to the Flea Market on one side was Shoney’s (the caving in building can still be seen there today), and across the street, across Lindberg, from the Flea Market was (in 1979-80) the empty building that once was a Copperfield’s nightclub.

Across from there was the small strip that housed Ken’s Tavern and Moonshadow Saloon, a couple of hopping nightspots for us working class types of the early 1980s. Past that going up Piedmont, and across from the fairly huge Flea Market space was a Sizzling Steaks, and a Zesto’s, which, amazingly, is also still in the same spot. Then Broadview Plaze, which was anchored by K-Mart, Picadilly Cafe, and the Screening Room Theaters mentioned earlier. What isn’t mentioned is that before becoming movie theaters, the location was the Great Southeastern Music Hall, where many great rock, pop and country acts performed… including the Sex Pistols with their American debut shows!

Piedmont Drive in was before all this by over a decade, and it was forgotten by the time I arrived.

WillDockery on March 10, 2012 at 5:10 am

Correction, that was Harvest Moon Saloon next to Ken’s Tavern, not Moonshadow Saloon, which was on out near Decatur.

timothyscott on March 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Mr Malone account is accurate. The theater was torn down for Arlans. Hastings was never on the corner of Piedmont and Lindberg. Spent many nights in the baack seat of my parents car Watching Elvis movies, How the West Was Won, and can remember the largest crowd for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The line went thru the winding drive and overflowed out onto Lindberg. Remember ther had a board up by concession stand that you matched your ticket number and could win goodies at concession stand. When I was real small use to be scared to go to bathroom because you had to go down those 3 or 4 steps to get to there. Very fond memories of this place and Hastings. We would shop for Christmas tree every year at Hastings. Loved playing by the pond while parents shopped. Zesto’s was always a treat. Kiddieland at Broadview Plaza was place to have Birthday parties.

bongostella on April 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

No one seems to remember that there was a GEX department/grocery store on the site.

It became an indoor flea market in the 70’s
and was the largest building to be torn down
for MARTA.

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