Thunderbird Drive-In

2550 Gordon Terry Parkway,
Decatur, AL 35603

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StanMalone on October 8, 2015 at 11:12 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 3:27 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 8:07 pm

1968 marquee photo added courtesy of Gloria R. Nash.

Theatrespawn on March 21, 2013 at 3:51 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 3:59 pm

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