Moon Lite Drive-In
13311 Asheville Highway,
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The Moonlight Drive-In opened on July 3, 1948, featuring “In Fast Company” with Leo Gorcey and The Bowery Boys. It was owned by T.J. Hannon Jr. and George Ward. Ward also owned the Colonial Chesnee Theatre and the Chesnee Drive-In, in Chesnee, SC.
The parking ramp parked 200 cars. The Moonlight Drive-In was the second drive-in theatre to open in Spartanburg County. The Scenic Drive-In was first opened in 1947. The name Moonlight came from the crescent shape of the parking ramps in the theatre.
The Moonlight Drive-In screened movies all throughout the 1950’s, 1960’s and into the 1970’s, eventually becoming the Moon Lite Drive-In. With all the indoor theatres and drive-in’s operating in neighboring Spartanburg and people watching television at home, business slowed down. The Ward family closed the Moon Lite Drive-In in October 1980. The property is still owned by the Ward family and it is now the Ward Motor Company. The Moon Lite Drive-In’s marquee is still out front of the former theatre.
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