Bon-Air Drive-In

3338 Wrightsboro Road,
Augusta, GA 30909

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In 1956, ten million Americans were going to the movies weekly. In Augusta the Bon-Air Drive-In was packing them in. Located on Wrightsboro Road above the Forest Hills Drive-In, it could almost pass as a twin drive-in.

The screen of the Forest Hills Drive-In was right on Wrightsboro Road while the Bon-Air’s screen was the opposite — towards the woods and way off the road. The Bon-Air Drive-In parked 675 cars and was owned by Harry Dennis. I never saw a movie there but once I did have a chance to walk over to the old concession/booth area. I remember it being built of bricks.

The screen was larger than Forest Hills. In fact when you think about it, Forest Hills Drive-In was newer but was so close to the road that you’d think the Bon-Air Drive-In would have lasted until the 1970’s, but it didn’t.

The Bon-Air Drive-In was a large drive-in parking over 100 cars more than Forest Hills Drive-In. At one time Augusta had more drive-ins than Atlanta! This must’ve been a drive-in theatre town. I believe it was over-screened, and television certainly did not help. At the time Augusta had two television stations.

The Bon-Air Drive-In is long gone. However, you can go to the old shopping center in the location of the drive-in, and if you walk away from the main road to the neighborhood below, you can still see the base of the screen.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Another Drive-in I still have found very little info on.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Feb.5 1954.Finally an Ad from the Bon Air Drive-in I found “ONE GIRL’S CONFESSION” and Lassie in “PAINTED HILLS” sorta odd features.
First Outdoor showing of “CONFESSION”.

March 5 1954 has “JACK SLADE” and “ARMY BOUND” playing.

April 5 1954 “JACK McCALL-DESPERADO” and “CRY DANGER”. At least I found a few movies for the old Bon Air.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

3338 Wrightsboro Rd, Augusta, GA 30909

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in.

Here is a 1964 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

thanxs,Ny ozoner.that is all City now.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

“BEAT THE DEVIL” opens June 11,1954.First Augusta Showing,What no Downtown theatres First?Second feature is “REDHEAD AND THE COWBOY”.Color cartoon.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

I uploaded an aerial photo of this drive-in and the Forest Hills drive-ins.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 25, 2012 at 6:10 am

thanks so much for the great stuff.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

AUGUSTA DRIVE-IN THEATRES now on FACEBOOK.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

first a “MODERN” SHOPPING CENTER was built there in the middle 60’s,Now a WALMART is taking the spot…

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