Aiken Drive-In

3185 Wagener Road,
Aiken, SC 29801

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Aiken Drive-In

Opened June 3, 1948, this drive-in was owned by Riley Theatres and parked only 150 cars, about the same as the Waynesboro Drive-In in Georgia – real small. It was the first drive-in in Aiken and was located in Couchton, just north of town.

It was so cheap they didn’t have car speakers. There were two giant horn speakers mounted on the top of the screen. I believe it was owned by Bert Ram who also owned the two downtown theatres in Aiken. It was closed in 1978.

Contributed by Bill Barkley

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Chuck 1231 do you know when the FOX DRIVE-in in Aiken,S.C. closed by any chance.It is on CT. Bill thought it was 1975.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

okay,thanks.Bill Barkley,old projectionist in Aiken was guessing I thought you might have some paper work on it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

Monday, May 23 2011, has a full page feature story on Aiken’s Drive-ins.with an interview with Long Time Projectionist Bill Barkley.

jwmovies on October 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm

The address for this drive-in was 3185 Wagener Rd.

Please update.

Some ramps are still visible.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on November 20, 2014 at 5:08 pm

In looking aerials it was gone by 1962.

dallasmovietheaters on July 31, 2015 at 3:29 am

Grand opening was June 3, 1948.

dansdriveintheater on November 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm

well i would excpect it to have been a short lived drive-in if they could only park 150 cars and were to cheap to install in-car speakers.

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