Tower Drive-In

1901 Whiskey Road,
Aiken, SC 29803

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on July 31, 2015 at 11:48 am

Opened originally as the Friendly Drive-In Theatre on March 1, 1951. For the 1952 season, it changes to the Tower Drive-In Theatre. It competes against the Aiken Drive-In Theatre and, on July 1, 1952, Consolidated Theater’s Fox Drive-In which celebrated its grand opening on Highway 19. Consolidated buys the theater at the end of the season now owning both the Fox Drive-In Theatre and the Tower Drive-In. The Fox would outlast the Tower lasting into the 1970s.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

The Tower Drive-In is listed in the 1952 edition of Theatre Catalog with 200 car capacity operated by Billy King. The Aitkin Drive-In is also listed but no mention of a Fox Drive-In.

In the 1953-1954 edition of Theatre Catalog the Tower Drive-In (now 400 cars( and the Fox Drive-In (600 cars) are listed as being operated by Consolidated Theatre out of Charlotte, NC.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 4, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Both the Fox Drive-In and the Tower Drive-In are indicated at the same location on CT, Whiskey Road at Pine Log Rd.

Were these the same drive-in, or were they individual drive-ins at different locations? Can any locals clear this up?

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 22, 2012 at 1:21 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1901 Whiskey Road. Now The Village @ Whiskey Road Shopping Center.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Thanks Andy,Sorry it took so long to read this,I will pass the info on to Bill.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 20, 2010 at 3:17 am

This one was just in from the southwest corner of Whiskey and Pine Log Roads. It’s been obliterated by modern retail.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 3, 2010 at 12:03 am

Oak Ridge,Tenn. probably had the same expansion of screens in the 50’s.Both Cities built the A-Bomb.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 13, 2009 at 2:26 am

Bill was right while the Bomb plant was in full swing; Drive ins sprang up everywhere in Aiken County.Only to have a short life span.