Hi-Way 82 Drive-In

US 82,
Tifton, GA 31794

275 cars

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Marbro (aka Hi-way 92) Drive In, Tifton, Georgia

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Anyone ripping down to Florida on I-75 goes right down the middle of Tifton, Georgia. It is in the middle of gnat country so how folks watched a drive-in movie on those hot summer months, well, it must have been an adventure. I have been to Tifton, but ask a local about past drive-ins like I did while eating, and no one has a clue except for the little multi-plex at the mall.

The Hi-Way 82 Drive-In on Georgia State Road 82 connects Tifton with Albany and Waycross. The Hi-Way 82 Drive-In parked 275 cars and in 1955 it was owned by Martin Theatres, which along with Georgia Theatres had a good piece of the theatre market. Don’t have a clue when it closed, hopefully, a CT member will take over and add more facts.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm

It was not open in 1967.

Tifton is the home of AGRIRAMA, which has nothing to do with CINERAMA. It is a Museum of Agriculture.

“got milk?” “got address?” “got photos?”

AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Looks like it was on US 82 just west of Carpenter Road. The outline is still pretty visible, but half of the lot has been redeveloped and a Marshall Road runs through the middle of the site.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Thanks Andy.I talk to some locals and they can’t recall any of the names of Tifton’s Drive-ins.And these are people in their 60’s.

NYozoner on February 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

There was a second drive-in on US 82 in Tifton, which was closed due to construction of I-75, and is underneath part of the southeast section of the US 82/I-75 cloverleaf.

Here is a 1972 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

The other drive-in was further west on US 82 near Carpenter Rd, which is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.

Which one was the Hi-Way 82 and which was the Pines Drive-In? Your guess is as good as mine.

There also may have been a Marbo Drive-In located in Tifton, as mentioned on the Drive-ins.com site.

NYozoner on February 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Chuck, US 82 is the same as Albany Hwy.

zebulongrady on July 31, 2013 at 10:37 am

The Marbro must have originally been the 82 drive in or the Pines drive in. It was west of the city of Tifton on US 82. When I saw it several years ago, the marquee, screen, concession/projection and boxoffice was still standing with a road cut through the middle. The marquee had an advertisment for the local newspaper and there was an old lamphouse laying on the grown.

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