Booker T. Drive-In

Augusta, GA 30901

300 cars

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Booker T. Drive-In

One of Augusta, Georgia’s smallest drive-in theatres, it was opened most likely in the building boom of the Bomb plant in Jackson, SC. During that period both sides of Aiken, SC. and Augusta, GA. saw a wave of drive-ins hit this area on both sides of the Savannah River.

The Booker T. Drive-In was opened prior to 1955 when it was operated by Marvin Johns. It closed by the late-1950’s after staying open only a handful of years. It was owned by John Tucker and the Booker T. Drive-In parked 300 cars, small for Augusta area drive-ins.

One hopes to pull ads from old papers, but they must have been careful with their advertising money. I never could find an ad. The only remaining projectionist left still alive could not recall the Booker T. Drive-In. Bill Barkley was able to help with all the Aiken drive-in’s and downtown theatres, but on the Booker T., nothing. I do hope in time I can add more, or hope CT members can. I know a few that were stationed here at Fort Gordon during those years might be able to help. The Booker T. Drive-In theatre it was small and almost forgotten.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I have just about done all of Augusta’s Drive-ins.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Anyone know the location of this drive-in in Augusta?

It was an Afro-American drive-in, but you could probably guess that from it’s name and I found it it was open from ABOUT 1953-1975? I hope someone can check those dates out and find out more info.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I don’t think it was open until 1975.I am pretty sure about that.My 1956 Motion Picture Almanac has it still open as late as 1956.

rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

1953 ad uploaded here. It should clear up where it was. It may had been in North Augusta,SC

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 25, 2012 at 6:40 am

thanks for the update.mostlikely in North Augusta,S.C. near the CLOVERLEAF or HILLTOP drive-ins.way before my time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 15, 2012 at 8:21 am

and that is a crying shame, the two major Augusta papers hardly even carried the LENOX THEATRE,which was a very nice theatre,pity folks couldn’t get along…

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

Uploaded TOPO..Is this the Booker T Drive-in from 1965?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

The address is: 802 East Martintown Road #101, North Augusta, SC 29841 ????

Is this the correct location?

NYozoner on March 6, 2016 at 1:15 am

Randy, the address you listed is for the Hilltop Drive-In in North Augusta, SC.

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