Cedar Valley Drive-In

Cedartown Highway & Industrial Boulevard SE,
Rome, GA 30161

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Cedar Valley Drive-In

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The Cedar Valley Drive-In opened on July 4, 1949. On the rear of the screen was a mock two story Plantation Colonial style house. The Cedar Valley Drive-In had a capacity for 700 cars.

When I did my undergraduate student teaching in 1979 at Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, I noticed this drive-in. I am not sure of the street address but it was across the highway from Floyd Junior College.

At the time it was showing "adult films" only on the weekends.

I drove by there sometime in the early-1990’s and the whole area had just been leveled.

Contributed by Jesse Brantley

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 22, 2009 at 3:16 am

The Cedar Valley Drive-In had only recently opened when it was featured in an article for the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of October 1, 1949. The drive-in was designed by the noted Atlanta firm of Tucker & Howell, architects of many theaters in the region.

Photos accompanying the article showed the Southern Colonial style of the buildings which, to my eye, presented a rather alarming contrast with the 60-foot screen tower- as though some bucolic plantation house had inexplicably collided with a boxy Midwestern grain elevator, perhaps carried thither by a tornado.

The Cedar Valley Drive-In could accommodate 500 cars, and featured a landscaped playground, an outdoor seating area for patrons who might enjoy watching movies from beach chairs, and a pair of small artificial lakes flanking the entrance, romantically reflecting the lighted buildings and screen tower by night.

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on April 21, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Love the picture. I don’t remember the screen being so close to the highway but like I said in my original post it was almost 30 years ago when I saw the theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 26, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I took Pictures of the drive in when it was turned into a HAUNTED PALACE for Halloween.Theatre was closed.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 7, 2011 at 12:25 am

Cedartown Hwy & Industrial Blvd SE, Rome, GA 30161

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

Here is a USGS topo map which notes the location of the drive-in, courtesy of MSRMaps.com.

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