Sunset Drive-In

3935 W. Dixon Boulevard,
Shelby, NC 28150

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NeonMichael on November 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The 1952 Theatre Catalog lists the Sunset owned by Colonial Ths., capacity 300. The 1955-56 edition raised that to 342.

The 1952-63 Motion Picture Almanacs listed the Sunset in Swainsville and owned by Colonial Theatres Inc., capacity 300. The MPA said that in 1953 it was the first drive-in for the small chain, based in Valdese NC, then run by general manager G. D. Carpenter. It wasn’t listed in the 1966-69 editions, but returned in Shelby for the 1972-76 editions.

When owner info returned in the 1978-82 editions, the Sunset was still owned by Colonial. For 1984-88, it was owned by Benfield Th.

Modern accounts say that Rick Stinnett, whose family built and ran the Bessemer City Kings Mountain Drive-In until it closed after the 2014 season, bought the Sunset in 1985. He spent $100,000 to remodel and convert the projection room in early 2014.

raysson on February 9, 2015 at 9:01 am

The Sunset was one of the five drive-ins in the state of North Carolina that upgraded to digital projection.

Heather1 on October 24, 2014 at 5:03 am

What time do the movies start?

lisawhitman on March 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I am working on a research project for school on Drive-In Movie Theaters in NC! Any informaton that anyone has would be greatly apreciated! Thanks!

Patsy on February 9, 2009 at 9:44 am

Didn’t notice that you had posted this drive-in photo almost a year ago prior to my recent follow-up post. We’re thinking along the same lines…only several months apart!

Patsy on February 9, 2009 at 9:41 am

LM: Great photo of this drive-in that I didn’t get to see in my travels to Shelby last week.