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 7:35 pm

Don’t know if the BOOKER Drive-in will get any more info than what I wrote,but anything would be great.One of the few Drive-ins in Augusta that no one really knows about.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Thanks again Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 26, 2010 at 9:06 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 27, 2010 at 1:47 am

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 4:52 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
rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 11:39 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 9:40 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 11:21 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 1:27 pm

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

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

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

Is this the correct location?

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