Thunderbird Drive-In

5448 North Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28213

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Thunderbird Drive-In

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One of Charlotte’s last drive-ins. It was located at North Tryon Street at Eastway Drive and closed in 1986. It had the most elaborate neon sign of all the area drive-ins.

Contributed by Mark Huffstetler

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Right after it closed I made a trip to the Thunderbird,Went through the Booth and concession.Projectors were gone and paper was tossed all over the inside,looked like snow. John Mackey a former ABC Plitt theatre manger took me there.I think he said when it closed it was an ABC Southeastern Theatre.Took some pictures,snagged about four car speakers.Later on he gave me a 8 by 10 black and white still of the marquee. “JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN” was the main feature.Have to find the picture to see what the second hit was.Glad Mark got this one CT.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm

FOUND THE PICTURE, “LEGEND OF BIGFOOT” was top billing with “JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN” second feature.

Jay Morong
Jay Morong on June 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Mike:

Working on a project on “Lost” Charlotte Theaters for UNC-Charlotte where i am a faculty member. Would love to get a look at whatever pics you may have. You can send me an email at

rivest266
rivest266 on October 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

1971 USGS aerial uploaded.

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