No. 1 Drive-In
2546 Deans Bridge Road,
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I’d be willing to bet that on U.S. Highway 1 there were hundreds of drive-in theatres from Maine to the Keys. One such drive-in was the No. 1. It held 300 cars and was owned by Holland-Boston Theatres in 1956.
On March 7, 1953 it played Zane Grey’s "Nevada" with Robert Michum. The second feature was "Deported" billed "A Daring Story" with Jeff Chandler and Marta Toren. At midnight they played two shocking horror features, "Murder Mob" and "Man With 9 Lives".
Ray Hutto visited this site in the past and said he found old carbon thrown back in the trees. He said you can see some foundations left of the drive-in even today.
In a Metro Spirit interview with Mike Rogers, Ray Hutto spoke of his memories of the No. 1 Drive-In, " a friend and myself were walking from school at Murphy Jr. High when we saw a rather chubby woman cliping hedges at the old No. 1 Drive-In that had been closed for two or three years" Hutto explained.
He continued, "she asked us if we wanted a job at 60-cents an hour. Her name was Mrs. Horton, and she and her husband had bought the drive-in and wanted to make a go of it. So we took the jobs and did anything we could to help get family-type films on the screen. Sadly within two or three years it was closed for good".
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