Queen Drive-In

3700 South Boulevard,
Charlotte, NC 28209

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Queen Drive-In

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The 21 South Drive-In was opened in the 1950’s with a 400 car capacity. It was later renamed the Queen Drive-In but was demolished to make way for the Queen Park Theater, which has also been demolished.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Here is a newspaper ad for the Queen:
http://tinyurl.com/mwcvh7

mhlt
mhlt on July 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

It did not open in the 40s. It was built in the early 60s, about one mile north of the old Pineville Road Drive In.The original marquee “needle” still stands.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 11, 2012 at 2:42 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 200 Freeland Lane, Charlotte, NC 28217.

JOE_HARRIS
JOE_HARRIS on January 25, 2015 at 4:22 am

AS A TEENAGER I WORK AT QUEEN DRIVE-IN. THE MANAGER OF THE DRIVE-IN WAS PHIL MCKINNEY. THE LOT HAD 1000 SPEAKERS.AND QUITE OFTEN WE HAD A FULL HOUSE AND HAD TO SHOW A ANOTHER SHOWING THAT NIGHT. I SAW SEVERAL NIGHTS OF POP CORN SALES OVER 1000 BOXES. THE QUEEN TOWER IS STILL STANDING TODAY. IT WAS OWNED BY A COMPANY CALLED PIEDMONT THEATERS. THE OWNER WENT BY THE NAME OF DOC TIMER (GREAT GUY).

THE MANAGER WAS A GREAT GUY. STOOD 6'9" TALL. AND WE CALLED BOSS MAN OR 69. SOME OF THE CREW WAS BOBBY COGGINS, WESLEY COGGINS, ERNEST GORDON, BILL ELLER,MR MAC,DONNIE LUDWIG, AND MYSELF.

GREW UP AROUND THE THEATRE AND STILL MISS IT TODAY.

mhlt
mhlt on October 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm

The Queen Drive In was built by Howell Theatres, of Smithfield, NC. Rudy Howell was the owner of that company. Phil McKinney, the manager mentioned above, was indeed 6'9" tall, and a very fine man. He lived on the street leading to the exit. Phil hailed from Bakersville, NC. Along with his brother Bob, he worked for many years for Howell Theatres, and then Piedmont Theatres. Piedmont was owned by the above mentioned L L “Doc” Theimer and my father, C C “Bill” Talbert. They were in business together from the early 50s until around 1990.

gjturner
gjturner on January 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm

mhlt are you Mike Talbert? Please respond to:

I also worked for Mr McKinnney when he came to Greenville.

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