Badin Road Drive-In

2411 Badin Road,
Albemarle, NC 28001

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Mmandarano
Mmandarano on July 31, 2014 at 7:48 am

Mount Airy’s drive-in is closed, just the following left: Badin Road in Albemarle, Bessemer City King’s Mountain, Eden Drive-in in Eden, Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre in Henderson and Sunset Drive-in in Shelby.

raysson
raysson on July 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

This was one of the remaining five outdoor drive-in theatres operating in the state of North Carolina. The others are located in Shelby, Henderson, Albemarle, Bessemer City, and Mount Airy.

Americanroad
Americanroad on January 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Lacceee, I am writing an article about this drive in for American Road Magazine. Please contact me at dent67198 at mypacks dot net. I’d love to include some information about your grandfather.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm

BACK IN 1956 YOU REALLY DID NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT RADIO SOUND. I STOPPED BY THE COMERCE DRIVEIN THEATRE IN COMERCE ,GEORGIA AND TALK ABOUT SOMEONE OPERATING FOR GREED. THE OLD DRIVE IN WAS FINE.BUT THEY HAD PUT TWO SCREENS ON THE LOT ONE ALMOST SIDE BY SIDE.SO EACH FAMILY OWNED DRIVE IN IS RUN THAT WAY. THE BADLIN DRIVE IN IN THE LATE 50’S HELD 200 CARS AND WAS OWNED AT THE TIME IN1956 BY G,L, FAW. HE ALSO OWNED IN ALBERMARLE THE DRIVE IN IT HELD ONLY 150 CARS ONE OF THE SMALLEST DRIVE INS IN THE TAR HEEL STATE. SO YOU HAD IN THAT CITY THE DRIVE IN AND THE BADLIN DRIVE IN.

kman
kman on September 1, 2008 at 7:38 am

We just went to the Badin Road Drive-In last night for the first time and had a great experience! They had great pre-movie music and entertaining commentary in-between movies. The audio quality was good via the FM broadcast. Some of the lower/bass-ier sounds (heavy/thumping music, explosions) were distorted for some reason but that was the only issue I heard.

I’m not sure what “drive-in man” is complaining about. Their policy about not switching movies at any time is clearly stated and understandable. And as for having to rent a radio to listen to the audio, that’s not the case – they offer rental radios if your car doesn’t have one but otherwise you can use your car’s radio or your own portable radio.

gbpianoman
gbpianoman on July 11, 2008 at 1:49 pm

As a first time visitor to the Badin Road drive-in last month, I can honestly say I will never consider returning. We wanted to watch the first movie on Screen 1 and the second on Screen 2 as we had seen both of the other features already, but were told that to do that (even though it did not require moving our car) we would have to pay double. I have never been to a theater with more than one screen that does not allow you to choose which two movies you want to see. Sound quality was poor, there were no speakers that we could see and I don’t see why they charge you to use a portable radio to hear the film that you’ve already paid to watch? Sound quality was poor. We ended up leaving about 10 minutes into the second feature as all we could hear was the audio track from the other screen, even with the rented radio turned up full-blast. The theater is very poorly laid out, too congested and you should never have to listen to the audio from another movie on a different screen that you cannot even watch.

Lacceee
Lacceee on March 6, 2006 at 6:19 pm

Glad to see Badin is still open. My grandfather owned that drive in in the 60-70’s until his health forced him to sell it.

sdoerr
sdoerr on January 12, 2004 at 6:04 pm

Ah I misread, i thought 2004, I have to change my clocks…

UAGirl
UAGirl on January 12, 2004 at 7:30 am

Not to too vampy but I posted the “soon to reopen comment” in Jan 2003. Badin has been open under the new management for quite sometime now.

UAGirl
UAGirl on January 3, 2003 at 9:27 pm

Good news! Badin will re-open in Feb. The new owners currently own a single screen theatre and another ozoner in NC. Their plans are to totally revamp the theatre and add a play ground in front of the screen. Just like old times! ;)

Their website is:
http://www.dailynetworks.com/movies/about_us.htm

UAGirl
UAGirl on October 17, 2002 at 8:49 pm

Badin went black this past weekend (Oct. 11th, 2002). The land is for sale but the screen and equipment have been given to other NC ozoners.