Houston Avenue Drive-In

4586 Houston Avenue,
Macon, GA 31206

900 cars

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The Houston Drive-In was opened around 1952 and was operated by Russ Saunders. It initially had a capacity for 300 cars. This was Macon’s largest drive-in in the late-1950’s parking 900 cars, one of the largest drive-ins in middle Georgia. Almost all of Houston Avenue runs through South Macon, in those days a decent part of town. The Houston Avenue Drive-In was booked by Theatre Booking Service. Theatre Booking Service was out of Charlotte, NC.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I had friend tell me this was a nice Drive-in in its time,but a bad section of Macon now.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 24, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Open in 1965?

Need an address, more info and photos!

NYozoner on February 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

4586 Houston Ave, Macon, GA 31206

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

NYozoner on February 5, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Could this have been known locally as the Southside Drive-In?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

It could have changed names, bad thing is no locals on CT to help us..

Murphey on November 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm

My family bought this from the company who started it from Charlotte about 1955. We ran the drive in as a family for a about 4 years. I worked in the snack bar with my twin sisters and brother. My dad ran the business part and managed the team of people working. My mom sold tickets in the outside ticket booth. I have many fond memories of working together making our own hand made French Fries after peeling them, f rom large Idaho potatoes on a French Fry cutter. I also had the job of cleaning up the car parking area for viewing the next day…..ha! not a pretty site! We had beginning movie stars show up to promote a movie some weeks and some of them went on to become well known stars. My dad , after catching sneak ins on bicycles devised a plan where they could come through the ticket line on their bike for a dime or quarter to keep them from trying to get in without permission. It made them happy and made him not have to run them off. ; ) Lots of work, but lots of fun……hot dogs and chili have never tasted the same, as well as popcorn popped fresh in the big vat of oil….great memories of old times.

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