Capitol Drive-In

3901 Capitol Boulevard,
Raleigh, NC 27604

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Forest Drive in 1981 Aerial

Opened in 1949 with a car capacity of 476. One of several drive-in theatres in the Raleigh area.

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raysson on October 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Located off Capital Boulevard near the Raleigh Beltline in the Brentwood section of the city.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm

It was part of the CONSOLIDATED THEATRE chain in the Carolinas.

Micah on September 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

No remnants of the last location of the theater show up since it is now Tarrymore Square shopping center at the corner of New Hope Church Rd. and Capital Blvd. The location listed above is incorrect.

angley on August 30, 2018 at 6:25 am

Note that the Forest Drive-In, when new in 1949, was located on the east side of what is now Capital Blvd and the 440 beltline. See

The second location is described above. Neither locations were on Old Wake Forest Rd as indicated.

JSRaleigh on April 10, 2019 at 10:39 pm

I believe this started out as the “Capital Drive-in” and was located on the east side of what was then Downtown Blvd just north of Yonkers Rd. The Beltline hadn’t been built yet.

The UNC Chapel Hill Library has a collection of “USDA Historical Aerial Photos” and the 1959 image 7W-20 shows the location.

The name was changed to “Forest Drive-In” when it moved to its second location on the west side of North Blvd (now Capital Blvd).

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