Washington Drive-In

US Highway 78,
Washington, GA 30673

300 cars

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The Washington Drive-In was a small rural drive-in serving Wilkes County in East Georgia, just about between Athens and Augusta.

The drive-in held a little over 150 cars typical for that size town. It was run by Martin Theatres as was the downtown theatre in Washington, the Wilkes Theatre.

Today, one can find nothing of this drive-in. Gone within a few years of opening. Television, most likely the cause. The closest drive-in to the Washington Drive-In was the Melody Drive-In, in Thomson, Georgia. While researching the Wilkes Theatre for CT, I asked a lady with the Washington-Wilkes Historical Society about the Washington Drive-In. She being in her middle 60’s and a life long resident she told me she had never heard of the Washington Drive-In theatre. It closed in the late-1950’s. The Wilkes Theatre in Washington would run films into the 1970’s.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Any help with more ino would great,but i don’t expect much for the WASHINGTON DRIVE-in.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Mike, do you happen to know the address or crossroads of this drive-in?

I found a Martin Drive-In in Washington from ABOUT 1955-1975, it held 300 autos. Martin Theaters of Georgia, Incorporated also owned this drive-in till at least 1967. That’s all the info I have, think it’s the same theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I think you have it.300 cars is alot for a town that size,but i guess there is no set limits on cars.The Wilkes Theatre{on CT} was a Martin Theatre. It is about 40 miles from my home.My 1956 Motion Picture Almanac has a Washington Drive-in listed under the Martin banner. Thanks.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

thanks, I gave up trying to find it, I guess anyone that would know must real old or dead.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I finally found a local who remembers the drive in, he could not recall the name, but the 62 year old man said it was located on US HWY 78 coming out of Thomson, Ga.the Box office stood for a long time, colored pink he thought…..at least we have the road it was on..

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