South Expressway Drive-In 1 & 2
5300 Frontage Road,
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The South Expressway Drive-In opened as a single screen on July 1, 1955 with Spencer Tracy in “Bad Day at Black Rock” & Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in “3 Ring Circus”. It held 1,000 cars and was operated by the Georgia Theatre Company. It’s been at least thirty years since I visited the South Expressway Drive-In 1 & 2 which sat right off 1-75 in Forest Park, GA. I remember the marquee clearly — it had a big illuminated interstate shield sign that read “South 75” (much like the big “North 85” shield that graced the North 85 Twin in Chamblee, GA).
The ticket booth was much like the one at Atlanta’s Starlite Drive-In. Back then you could get boxes of popcorn as you paid admission at the ticket booth. The concession stand was a low rectangular building with big windows and a play ground with monkey bars and a whirly-round on the side. There were two huge screens that sat at 90 degree angles from the projection booth / concession stand and the entire area was surrounded by woods (not anymore). It had a 900 car capacity.
I saw some great movies there. Now the land is home to several large outlet stores.
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