41 Hiway Drive-In

41 Circle,
Macon, GA 31206

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41 Hiway Drive-In

The 41 Hiway Drive-In is on State Highway 41 which starts in West Macon, goes right through the heart of the city and heads south. In those days it was rural country.

Opened around 1950, this drive-in was one of the larger, and Macon only had five drive-ins compared to Augusta which in the late-1950’s had nine drive-ins. None the less, 41 Hiway Drive-In parked 703 cars making it the second largest in Macon. It was owned by Outdoor Theatres Inc.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Outdoor theatres seem to own quite a few drive-ins in its day,butI guess it was bought out by a larger circuit? I know Georgia Theatres came a got a lot of drive-ins during the 60’s.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Open 1960-1980?

I know it was owned by the Georgia Theater Co. Fox Theater Bldg., Atlanta in 1967. They had 52 theaters at the time.

StanMalone on June 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Mike: Do you have any information on the Riverside Drive In? It had a great location and setting and in the 70’s was operated by Georgia Theatre Company.

Also, how about the Weis Drive In in Warner Robbins. It was operated by Weis until the mid 70’s when it was sold to Georgia Theatre. Only air conditioned drive in I ever saw.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Stan,I don’t have info on Macon theatres.What info I got came from a1956 Motion Picture Almanac.I saw that you had done a great work on the History of Atlanta’s Theatres that someone should do Macon,Savannah,Athens and Columbus.Really surprized,but not shocked that someone from one of those cities hasn’t finished what I started.but I have found even in Augusta that there are only a handful of CT members that write anything on our theatres here.By the way, The WEIS DRIVE-IN in Augusta {on CT} had in car heat and A.C. 250 of them in a drive-in that probably parked 700 or more cars.like the Weis drive-in in Warner Robbins,our Weis Drive-in in Augusta was sold to Gerorgia Theatres where they Quickly ran it into the ground.

NYozoner on February 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm

U.S. 41 & Barnes Rd, Macon, GA 31216

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

cccmoviehouses on June 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

The Riverside Drive-in was built in the early 60’s, around 1961, opening with “The Great Escape”, a first run movie at the time. It was in a very nice part of Macon which is still that way today, located in a great spot on Arkwright Road not far from Riverside Drive.

The Weis Drive-in, was located just past 7 bridges (the road to Warner Robins)built in the 60’s with heaters and air conditioning units and a sunken concession plaza to not disrupt the view.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I know this city had more than 17 theatres…someone from here needs to get to work and find the rest, by here I mean mACON.

cccmoviehouses on January 30, 2014 at 10:13 pm

The Theatorium was Macon’s first movie theater on Third Street opening in 1906 showing “The Great Train Robbery”.

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