Marbro Twin Drive-In

3475 Austell Road SW,
Marietta, GA 30008

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Opened December 19, 1968 with Sidney Poitier in “For Love of Ivy” & Alex Cord in “A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die!” in theatre 1 and Walter Matthau in “The Secret Life of an American Wife” & James Garner in “How Sweet It Is” in theatre 2. The Marbro Twin Drive-In was located in the Austell section of Marietta, GA. The two-screener was at that point “out-in-the-country”, away from airport noise and city lights and a great place for movies. Always double-features a first run movie would usually be followed by by a second film that would be at least five years old.

The two screens sat facing each other about a quarter-mile apart with the snack bar/projection booth seated directly in the middle. The dual-purpose two-story building was larger than usual and fired movies out both directions from up on top. As a result the snack bar was deluxe and had a full menu including pizza, cheeseburgers, and corndogs.

Contributed by C. Martin Croker

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raymondstewart on June 8, 2007 at 10:32 am

The Marbro was the “nice” drive-in in the area. While it may have had an Austell address, it would have been in the very eastern edge of Austell, close to the point where Smyrna and Marietta meet. The other drive-ins in the area (Georgia, Smyrna, etc.) showed more “drive-in movies” such as cheap horror, cheerleader, prison, etc. B films. The area where the drive-in was built was previously an airfield. The Marbro was always kept up and clean, and had a spectacular neon filled sign. It closed without much fanfair and was replaced with an apartment complex and shopping center. In the same area there is a closed Litchfield/Regal (pre-bankruptcy) 10-plex that is now a church. If there is any justice, the shopping center that took up some of the Marbro’s space has never been much of a success, as the better commercial area moved further down the road to the East-West Connector.

Many nights of a mis-spent youth included a trip to the Marbro, after a trip to buy beer! At least Atlanta still has the Starlight, ever if it is an hour away.

cmartincroker on August 14, 2008 at 10:53 am

Here’s an aerial shot of the Marbro Twin from …1978(?).
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Just south of the twin (bottom right) the long dirt road can be seen that was originally the Wilkerson family’s driveway. When I visited their farm on occasion (their son David was my same age) I discovered the far screen was fairly visible from their front porch. I remember trying to squint and see “The Poseidon Adventure” , but the only scenes that made sense from that distance were those of the ship being rocked by underwater explosions near the end.
This was our main local drive-in for sure. I saw a ton of movies there growing up, (I saw the original “King Kong” there for the first time in 1976) and even more once I got my Driver’s License. Naturally, my first girlfriend and I went there quite a few times —but admittedly we watched a lot less intently.

jwmovies on October 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 3475 Austell Road Southwest, Marietta, GA 30008. Station Club Dr. is where the entrance stood. The townhouses SE of this location was where the theatres stood.

mattarga on January 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I went here in September 1982 when I was 11, to see Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. I have no idea why, but the night my parents took me there to see it, the screen was damaged and dark, and the sound from the radio was pretty bad too. Needless to say I didn’t even actually see the movie until a few months later on cable. Oh, well.

rivest266 on April 7, 2018 at 11:59 am

This opened on December 19th, 1968. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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