Robinhood Drive-In

3400 Robinhood Road,
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

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Robinhood Drive-In

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This locally known and mostly forgotten drive-in opened at the corner of Robinhood Road and Peace Haven Road where a dirt race car track had previously occupied. The first movie on December 14, 1950 was "The Adventures Of Robin Hood", starring Errol Flynn.

It served the community for 25 years, closing in late-1975 after showing it’s last movie "Sisters" and was demolished the following year to make way for a shopping center.

Contributed by Robert Mitchell

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Latama
Latama on February 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

The Robinhood Drive-in had a capacity of around 125 cars. The projection room was in a small building that also housed a walk-up concessions window with a grill that served hotdogs and hamburgers, along with the other standard fare of popcorn, candy, and fountain drinks.

The screen had a slanted back design made of tin with a door to storage space inside. “Robinhood Drive-In” was painted in large green lettering on the slanted back. I believe I remember a little green hat with a feather as a logo either on the slanted back, or on the entrance sign.

In this 1963 aerial photo the theater in in the lower right corner:
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In this photo it is right of center:
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If anyone has a photo of the Robinhood Drive-in, please post it here or contact me.

Latama
Latama on February 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Chuck1231,
Actually, the address was 3400 Robinhood Road. You’re correct the Zip is 27106. This is according to the old newspaper showtime ads for the Robinhood Drive-In. There is a Jiffy Lube at the address now. I will post some ad pics when the site is ready to enable photos.

The Race track that previously occupied the corner lot the drive-in was on was called “Peace Haven Speedway” – a half mile dirt oval that some of the local racers founded. It operated from around 1946 to early 1950 when Bowman Gray Stadium started having regular Saturday night races. Local heroes Alvin Hawkins, Perk Brown, Shorty York, and Bobby and Billy Myers ran there.

Latama
Latama on February 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I believe the owner of the Robinhood Drive-In was Clarence Whicker.

Latama
Latama on February 16, 2010 at 12:53 am

Chuck, the entrance was on Robinhood, right past the gas station lot on the corner. When you zoom in on the aerial you can see the billboard sign next to the entrance, and the roof of the ticket booth right past the entrance. The exit was on Peace Haven, and it also had a billboard with directions to the entrance on Robinhood. It may have had entrances and exits on both sides later…I’m not sure.
I went to movies here most every year between the ages of 9 to 14. I hate that I took it for granted back then because they’re such fond memories now.

Latama
Latama on February 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Correction to one of my previous posts -
Peace Haven Speedway did NOT previously occupy the lot the Robinhood Drive-In was on. The Speedway was two miles south off Peace Haven between Hearthside Road and Tiffany Ave. The Drive-in opened on December 14, 1950…the speedway closed around 1957-58.

Slightly off topic, but still relevant to the theatre.

bobc007
bobc007 on July 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

The Robin Hood Drive was owned by Eli Dreyinger who also owned the Flamingo Drive In and the Centre Theatre . I was lucky enough to have the Dreyingers as my next door neighbors as a kid and spend many nights in the theatre’s projection booths.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

That sounds cool Bobc007.

Latama
Latama on July 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Bobc, is Eli Dreyinger who owned the Robin Hood Drive-In from 1965 to 1975? I know for sure that Clarence Whicker built and owned the theatre from 1950 to 1965, selling it because he didn’t like the movies that were being pushed for drive-ins (sexploitation films).
Do you have any more specific memories to tell, and would you happen to know of any photos of the old Robin Hood Theatre?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Topo from 1973. It looks like there was another road that was on the other side of the drive-in. Later on it was gone.

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