Family Auto Drive-In

12271 U.S. 301,
Statesboro, GA 30458

182 cars

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Statesboro, Georgia even in 1956 was pretty good size little town. Hard to the believe the Rolling Stones played a gig there in the early-1960’s. The Family Auto Drive-In was playing not gigs but, it could be counted on to provide two decent features for this middle Georgia town, I was really surprized to see one screen in Statesboro in the late-1950’s when much smaller towns in Georgia had two or three drive-ins. But maybe that is the market.

It is a college town, however, I think another drive-in was built later because maybe twenty years ago I was told Statesboro still had a open drive-in way after all the drive-ins in Augusta had closed. Maybe someone can come up with the name. It might be the Family Auto Drive-In.

The Family Auto Drive-in was small for a town the size of Statesboro parking just 182 cars and it was owned in 1956 by H. Macon.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 6, 2010 at 11:17 am

That is what i am not sure of,but one would think Statesboro would have more than one out door screen.Weis Cinemas out of Savannah.I think ran the little twin theatre in Statesboro in the 70’s.but i can’t even remember the name.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm

“got address & photos?”

I found that it was open from ABOUT 1950-1975? I know for sure it was open in 1967.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 8, 2010 at 6:08 am

GE and 1993 imagery shows a twin drive in at this location:

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Looked to be operating at the time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 19, 2010 at 7:49 am

Thanks Bob and Silicon sam for completing some of the history.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

12271 U.S. 301, Statesboro, GA 30458

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.

brinasmom35
brinasmom35 on July 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm

It was the southside drive in, run by Floyd theatres out of Lakeland florida. Twin screen, Wednesday night was 50 cent carload night. I ran this drive in for a little less than a year. Floyd theatres went out of business in the mid 90’s and sold all their properties.

JimboBickert
JimboBickert on June 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

The Southside had some crazy double features that may have been old prints they had laying around. I remember seeing The Terminator upon it’s release in 1984 billed with Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975). If memory serves me correct, I believe they had pool tables in the snack bar.

swamp30439
swamp30439 on September 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Hi all I was a teenager when started go to the Statesboro drive-in and yes there was a pool tables in the snack bar had one of my first dates there I had a lot of fun on sunday nights in the late 70s or 80s they added a backside screen and now its a parking lot for big trucks to be unloaded at a business I love going there being there with my friends.

msharp
msharp on January 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm

In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo blew through and demolished the screens and so the wreckage was simply cleared away. The last time I watched a movie there was spring 1988.

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