Bon-Air Drive-In

Neeses Highway and Bamberg Road,
Orangeburg, SC 29115

400 cars

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Bon-Air Drive-In

Orangeburg’s Bon-Air Drive-In was larger than the Orangeburg Drive-In, parking 400 cars. The Bon-Air Drive-In was opened July 14, 1949 with Robert Montgomery in “Belle Starr’s Daughter”. It was mainly known for the family films, westerns, and Elvis movies during the 1960’s. Once in awhile a R-rated movie would hit the screen. Bob Saunders kept a clean theatre during his ownership.

September 17,18 and 19 has “101 Dalmatians” playing with another Walt Disney movie "The Parent Trap". These two movies playing in 1970 mean’t they were showing older films, but folks in Orangeburg loved this drive-in. Once the drive-in’s closed (and Orangeburg had five), only the downtown Edisto Theatre and Cinema III served this city not far from Columbia,S.C., with movies.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Any help with more info on this Drive-in would appreciated.

TLSLOEWS on May 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Get your book Mike.

Nunzienick on May 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Nice Disney double feature from the early 1960s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Made more sense than a lot of double features I have noticed on Drive-ins on CT.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Can anyone come up with an address or at least crossroads?

I THINK it was open from ABOUT 1950-1975 and was owned by Martin Theaters when it closed.

jwmovies on September 11, 2012 at 3:01 am

I found one at 2217 Rowesville Rd. out by the airport. It may be the one.

rivest266 on April 2, 2018 at 9:13 am

This opened on July 14th, 1949 at the Forks on Edisto Drive (now maps on Google as 426 Neeses Highway.) The drive-in on Rowesville Rd. is the Orangeburg Drive-In. It closed in 1975.

rivest266 on April 2, 2018 at 9:14 am

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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