Tower Drive-In

3649 New Bern Avenue,
Raleigh, NC 27610

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Tower Drive-In

Car capacity was at 450. Owned and operated by Piedmont Theatres. Drive-In was operational from 1950 until 1975. It has been demolished.

Contributed by raymond

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raysson on September 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

The drive-in closed in early 1975 and was demolished. Located off New Bern Avenue near the Raleigh Beltline in Southeast Raleigh,
The Tower Drive-In Theatre sat where Tower Shopping Center and Tower Merchants Shopping Center now stands.

OldSchoolMan on February 9, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Lewis Tew managed the drive-in, probably at the time it closed. He was the first manager at Tower Twin (in the Tower Shopping Center) when it opened in 1977 or 1978. By 1979, Tew was managing the Cardinal Theatre at North Hills. Before Tower Merchants Shopping Center was built next door to Tower Shopping Center in the early 1980s, one could see some remains of the drive-in. I recall seeing concrete slabs and a few poles. (The screen was long gone by then.)

raysson on February 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm

OldSchoolMan: Lewis Tew was the manager of the Tower Twin Theatres when it opened on December 21,1977 when it was part of the ABC Southeastern Theatres chain(that also owned and operated the Cardinal Theatre at North Hills and the Ambassador Theatre in Downtown Raleigh)…….

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