Hi-De-Ho Drive-In

Augusta, GA 30901

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Augusta,Georgia’s smallest drive-in theatre parking just 200 cars. This is one those drive-ins that popped up and was gone. It is believed to be one of the three African-American theatres in this East Georgia city, the Lenox, the Palace Theatre and the Hi-De-Ho Drive-In all located within the city limits.

Unlike most of Augusta’s larger drive-ins owned by large known chains the Hi-De-Ho according to the 1956 Motion Picture Almanac was owned and operated by G.H.Carter. I am hoping I can get more info, but it might be the hardest to track down because like today, a black newspaper serves the readers of that urban area, and if they ran any advertisements it most likely would have been in one of those newspapers. I am waiting to hear from African-American Historical Group, and if I get something I will add it to the Hi-De-Ho Drive-In.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm

This one will be a hard one to find info on,but i am looking.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on May 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Very nice intro Mike. I’m hoping you do hear back from the society. Hopefully they keep back issues of any newspaper or flyer where this drive-in would most likely have been advertised. Otherwise you’ll have to rely on someone who is still connected with the society that remembers the Hi-De-Ho. If not then maybe they’ll refer your inquiry to someone familiar with this drive-in. Good luck on this one!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Thanks Nick and Mike.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

This drive-in was open from ABOUT 1955-1964, I hope someone can come up with better dates?

Hi-De-Ho was made famous by Cab Calloway, the bandleader of the United States' most popular African American big band.

Augusta is a big town and evidence of the drive-in might remain. I guess tisloews dosen’t care to know the address, but if you know it, I sure would like to know it!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 29, 2010 at 3:27 am

Lighten up Bob,whats with the address if its not there anymore?By the way Cab Calloway was great.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 29, 2010 at 5:11 am

tisloews, ?if no one knows the address, how does anyone know it’s not still on the site? An interesting, but sad thing for me to do is to walk around old drive-in sites and take photos. Sorta hard to do, if you don’t know the location. Perhaps others like to do the same thing. That’s why CT has a spot for an address.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

To each his own Bob.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Bob.I will call the Bethaham Community Center,a black center for history of local African-americans.They would probably be the only source because THE AUGUSTA CHRONCILE has no ads what so ever on the BOOKER or Hi-De-Ho Drive-ins.Thanks for any help.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Chuck 1231,i wish i knew where it was located,living Augusta i had never heard of this or the Booker Drive-in until I found that moldy old 1956 motion Picture Almanac. I know they to have been near if not in the city limits especially,if they were for black moviegoers.

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