Thunderbird Drive-In

2550 Gordon Terry Parkway,
Decatur, AL 35603

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Built in the mid-1960’s as a second-run theatre, the drive-in attracted audiences from Morgan and Lawrence counties, Alabama. It was well know for its Saturday night bingo games (a version known as "Banko").

Contributed by C.D.Wahl

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 20, 2009 at 11:19 am

The Thunderbird Drive-In is listed in the 1980 IMPA with a capacity for 300 cars. Operator at that time was W. Hammonds.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2550 Gordon Terry Parkway, Decatur, AL 35603.

Theatrespawn
Theatrespawn on March 21, 2013 at 12:51 am

Cheaply built, the Thunderbird was on the outskirts of Decatur and really catered to residents of neighboring Lawrence County, which had no movie theatre at the time. It played second run movies, exploitation flicks, bikini beach pictures, horror movies – a perfect venue for American International Pictures product! Cars packed the theatre for Banko night (a variation of bingo), but the real draw was the naughty midnight movie. A showing of the X-rated version of “Cinderella” got the manager thrown in jail for a few hours. Of course, the city fathers had to watch the movie several times before deciding that it was “pornographic”!

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