Queen Drive-In

3700 South Boulevard,
Charlotte, NC 28209

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Queen Drive-In

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Located on Pineville Road (today South Boulevard). The 21 South Drive-In was opened around 1949 when it was operated by the H.B. Meiselman Ct., initially with a capacity for 100 cars. By 1951 with a 400 car capacity it was operated by T.A. Little. By 1955 it was operated by Corbin Smith. Later renamed the Queen Drive-In, it was demolished to make way for the Queen Park Multi-Cinema, which opened in December 1982. It has also been demolished.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2009 at 11:54 pm

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

mhlt
mhlt on July 1, 2011 at 11:49 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 5:42 am

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

JOE_HARRIS
JOE_HARRIS on January 25, 2015 at 7:22 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 4:34 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 10:08 pm

mhlt are you Mike Talbert? Please respond to:

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

TomMc11
TomMc11 on June 30, 2017 at 11:58 am

As of Google Street View from March of 2016 the Needle has been removed and there is a sign stating that Office/Retail is coming soon. On Bing Maps Aerial and Birds Eye the needle is still currently visible, but not in their street level view, as of this post.

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