Augusta Drive-In

Sand Bar Ferry Road & Lovers Lane,
Augusta, GA 30901

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The Drive-In opened on June 6, 1940 and was located on Sand Bar Ferry Road. Like the Skyview Drive-In, both were in the city limits in mainly urban areas.

Later, competition came from the beautiful Hilltop Drive-In which was right across the river in North Augusta. By 1955, it was known as the Augusta Drive-In and was operated by the Georgia Theatre Company. By 1956 it was closed.

In 1953 it played on a March night "Pick-up"
with Beverly Michaels and Hugo Haas. With a star studded cast like that is there anyway it could survive? The second feature was "Fighting Westerner" with Ann Sheridan. And of course there was a color cartoon. They showed the main feature at 6:30 and 9:46. The second feature played at 8:31 only.

I visited the lot years ago. It was so overgrown that I was afraid of snake bite, plus the hood where we were parked we worried if we would still have cars when we got back. You could still see part of the screen which was located close to the Savannah River.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 2, 2010 at 2:41 am

Welcome to CT,WHP I have tried to get every theatre,walk-in or Drive-in from Augusta on CT hope you enjoy the stories and are able to add much more.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 2, 2011 at 7:10 am

Sandbar Ferry Rd & Lovers Ln, Augusta, GA 30901

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is on the north side of Sandbar Ferry Rd between Courthland Dr and Faithhope St.

Here is a 1951 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2011 at 12:49 am

It is in such a bad part of Augusta I don’t drive over there,but at one time the screen or parts up it were up.Almost right on the River.

jeterga
jeterga on March 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Here some aerial views.If you look real hard you can still see the screen.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Hey,It is still standing.too bad a person couldn’t visit it,but you could get Killed.Very bad section of Augusta.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 3, 2011 at 12:16 am

Well, June 8 1957 it was surprize night no titles listed in the paper!Show starts at Dusk.Always a cartoon.

Cajun
Cajun on May 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

In the early 1950’s I talked my mom into taking me to a midnight double horror show at the Augusta Drive-In, my first ever. The features were two old 1930’s Universal horror re-releases, “The Raven” and “Dracula’s Daughter”. It rained through most of it. Why can I remember that in such detail, but I can’t remember what I went to the store for this morning?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 10, 2011 at 3:13 am

Good post ,Cajun.“MARTIN LUTHER” has a big ad in paper.It is also playing at Forest Hills drive-in.Admission was $1.13. three color cartoons.“Martin Luther” at the Augusta Drive-in.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

This opened on June 6th, 1940 as Drive-In Theatre. I placed the grand opening ad as well as an aerial photo here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm

thanks rivest 266..

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