Smyrna Drive-In

2202 Atlanta Road SE,
Smyrna, GA 30080

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Grand opening ad

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The Fair Oaks Drive-In was opened prior to 1955, and was operated by Martin Theatres of Georgia. (Although located in Smyrna, it was listed as being in Marietta). Later renamed Smyrna Drive-In, it operated through the 1970’s. The Smyrna Drive-In was a single screen ozoner located off Atlanta Road, about half a mile north of the Belmont Hills shopping center and right behind Dobbins and Lockheed (which meant every so often the roar of jet plane engines would overpower the film soundtrack).

This drive-in showed a lot of monster fare. It was also the starting point of the Smyrna little league parade that rode down South Cobb Drive at the beginning of every baseball season.

Bulldozed in 1983, the drive-in site is now the home of the Smyrna GDOT.

Contributed by C. Martin Croker

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WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on June 25, 2007 at 7:13 pm

This DRIVE-IN was also called FAIR OAKS DRIVE-IN.
and it was one block north of Belmont Hills SHOPPING CENTER.
Here is a copy of a flyer with ELVIS PRESLEY.
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cmartincroker
cmartincroker on August 13, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Here’s an aerial shot of it from 1970.
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As well as a Newspaper ad from “The Smyrna Neighbor” -the week of 4.25.73
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KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 14, 2008 at 3:07 am

Are you the C. Martin Croker from Adult Swim? I love the Zorak voice.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 7, 2011 at 6:42 am

Atlanta Rd SE & Coggins Dr S E, Smyrna, GA 30080

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a 1960 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

This opened on April 27th, 1963. Ad posted here.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

@Mike Rivest: That ad could have been for the opening of the 1963 season, and not their first season. Drive-ins would frequently have Grand Opening ads every season when they reopened in the spring.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

HistoricAerials.com shows the drive-in open at that location as early as 1955.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

You may be right. Someone should check the AJC microfilms.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2202 Atlanta Road Southeast, Smyrna, GA 30080. Coggins was the driveway.

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