U.S. 29 Diane Drive-In

523 Diane 29 Theater Road,
Gastonia, NC 28016

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U.S. 29 Diane Drive-In

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One of several drive-in theatres in the greater Gastonia area, this was located just off US Route 29, to the West of the city.

The U.S. 29 Drive-In opened in 1955 with a car capacity of 300 and one screen. Closed as the twin screen U.S. 29 Diane Drive-In in 1985.

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Nunzienick
Nunzienick on February 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Can’t keep me out either…LOL! Here are a couple other shots:
The marquee in the weeds:
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Mike holding one really BIG reel next to a once beautiful brick fireplace inside the concessions building: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

That was a beautiful Concession,with real wood burning Fireplace.I still have my “Make my Day” T-Shirt. I hope the members in North Carolina see this,raysson and PatricaNC.

GMNash
GMNash on March 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I think Consolidated operated this drive in for a period of time… definitely in the 80’s, and probably some of the 70’s. I remember the name from my Consolidated days.

Mike, wow, that reel…. I hope you didn’t leave it there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I bet its in his basement GM.What about it Mike?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

You know i have So many reels I hate to say it,but I think I left it,unless Bill the guy with me took it,he might have being an old Projectionist.that fireplace was Beautiful and in a DRIVE-in.It was a real fireplace too.

mustangmelatl
mustangmelatl on November 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

not sure anyone will see this, but here goes: where can I find photos of the Diane 29 back in the day? My parents worked/met there and are celebrating their 50th anniversary next year. I would like to find a nice photo to enhance and frame for them. thanks!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on November 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Check with the local library and historical societies in the town. Pictures of drive-in theatres are tuff to find. Also try the former owners.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 500 Diane 29 Theater Rd (State Rte. 1311).

Though very overgrown, most ramps are still there behind Food Lion.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm

yep, but it is Gray NOW……..Chuck…..

rivest266
rivest266 on October 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Aerial (of poor quality) of the drive-in uploaded here.

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