Columbus Drive-In

996 Fort Benning Road,
Columbus, GA 31903

300 cars

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Opened July 2, 1947 with Dick Haymes in “Irish Eyes are Smiling”. The Columbus Drive-In was parking only 300 cars. One would think being named after the city it would be the largest, but that is not the case. The Columbus Drive-In was another Martin Theatre which ran four of the city’s five drive-ins.

Martin Theatres chain was located in Columbus, Georgia in 1956.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

Any help from theatre Lovers in West Georgia would be great.

NYozoner on February 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

996 Fort Benning Rd, Columbus, GA 31903

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

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on April 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I have a theatre program from a Columbus Drive-In Theatres. There is no location given except that it says it’s located at 14th Ave and 29th St. Program was printed by The Anchor Litho Company in Tampa, FL and I acquired this in a lot of many programs from different Florida drive-ins and hardtops which would make this listing the likely location. According to CT, there was only one other Columbus Drive-In which was located all the way in Columbus, NE at 3564 23rd St.

Obviously, the 14th Ave & 29th St doesn’t match the Fort Benning Road address either.

Does anyone know if this location on this program is for this theatre? Did the address change? If not, does anyone know where this particular Columbus is?


rivest266 on July 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm

This opened on July 2nd, 1947 and closed in 1976. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

dennisj on July 27, 2018 at 12:14 pm

The front of the screen (the exterior facing Ft Benning Rd at the entrance/exit lanes) had brightly colored neon cascading parachutes, in honor of the nearby Ft Benning army base. A color photo exists of this, but I have yet to be able to locate it on the web.

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