Thunderbird Drive-In

2550 Gordon Terry Parkway,
Decatur, AL 35603

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kd3p76d on February 27, 2016 at 7:33 pm

I remember when I was around 6 years old in the very early 70s going to a drive-in theater called the Thunderbird. It was on Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Alabama about where Vestavia Bowl is now (1429 Mont. Hwy.) I loved the look of it with the neon lights.

StanMalone on October 8, 2015 at 8:12 am

I wonder if this location was a Cobb Theater. The sign looks identical to several Thunderbird Drive Ins that the Cobb company operated in Georgia and Alabama.

While in college I often attended the Starlite Drive In in Milledgeville Georgia. It was a Cobb theater and they also did the “Banko” thing on weekends.

Kenmore on October 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm

You can still just see the outline and a few of the ramps left from the drive-in.

DavidZornig on October 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

1968 marquee photo added courtesy of Gloria R. Nash.

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”!

jwmovies on December 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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