Morris Road Drive-In

854 Morris Road,
Columbus, GA 31906

300 cars

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The Morris Road Drive-In was parking 300 cars in 1956, and was owned by Martin Theatres.

Morris Road ran south of Columbus near Fort Benning Army Base, making it popular with the G.I.’s if they get a lift to the movies.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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WillDockery
WillDockery on July 21, 2010 at 6:59 am

Now it turns out that they say there was a Pritchett’s Fish Camp just right down the street from Bobby’s Bar! This is some amazing history coming out, I would never have thought it:

“I know Morris Rd. runs from Buena VIsta Rd to Forest Rd and curves by the tracks where there was a Pritchetts. I believe I remember the Morris Rd. Drive-in being where the old junk yard is now between BVR and the curve.” -Gene Alexander

WillDockery
WillDockery on July 21, 2010 at 7:34 am

I would never have thought it, and, again, so little (or nothing) has been written down anywhere about all this… the Drive-In Theater or there being another Pritchett’s Fish Camp right there. I do remember the Abstract Bar, right across the tracks where Merry Acres Industrial Park begins, also. Any more Morris Road memories, anyone? Fascinating.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 2, 2010 at 4:08 am

Sure could use an address or crossroad, more info or photos.

LarryBoy
LarryBoy on August 9, 2010 at 11:03 am

The Morris Road Drive In did not survive the tornado of
April 1953. The drive in was demolished as were several homes
in the Chattahoochee Valley. The decision was made not to rebuild
as attendance wasn’t as steady as at the Rexview, Victory, Edgewood,
Columbus and Phenix Drive Ins.

LarryBoy
LarryBoy on August 9, 2010 at 11:03 am

The Morris Road Drive In did not survive the tornado of
April 1953. The drive in was demolished as were several homes
in the Chattahoochee Valley. The decision was made not to rebuild
as attendance wasn’t as steady as at the Rexview, Victory, Edgewood,
Columbus and Phenix Drive Ins.

glenn6912
glenn6912 on August 22, 2010 at 6:50 am

No 300 cars in 1956, then, eh?

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

854 Morris Rd, Columbus, GA 31906

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is currently occupied by Stewart Wood Craft.

Here is a 1968 aerial photo of the remains of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

The drive-in was already long gone when the 1968 image was captured, but the faded parking ramps are still visible on the east side of Morris Road where the drive-in used to be.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

The Motion picture almanac of 1956 must have been AWFUL slow in removing Drive-ins if this one was gone in 1953.Just printing the Facts in the Almanac,I live on the other side of the State.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Above address is incorrect. According to topo maps, this drive-in was further north across from Boxwood Park. Approx. address would be where the lot is at 900 Morris Road.

WillDockery
WillDockery on April 10, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Just returned here after a long spell, great to see more information on Morris Road, and “Newby”.

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