Cornelia Drive-In

746 Stone Cypher Street,
Cornelia, GA 30531

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Way below the gnat line was the Cornelia Drive-In where on a summer night it was war, not on the screen, but moviegoers fighting gnats! I have been to Cornelia and its no fun in the summer. Still with the closing of the Grand Theatre, the Cornelia Drive-In had no trouble filling its 200 parking places. The Cornelia Drive-In was run by a showman by the name of Gordon Stonecypher.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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JFBrantley
JFBrantley on June 25, 2010 at 8:25 am

I remember this drive-in stayed open after the Grand closed. The last time I rode by which was about 8 years ago you could tell where the drive was. It looked like it had been closed for a while but was still standing but falling down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Thanks J.B. Did you think to snap a few pictures.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

Open 1955-1980? I know for sure it was open in 1967.

Sure could use an address, more info and photos!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hey,J.B. Bob needs some more info!

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on July 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Not living in Cornelia I cannot say exactly when the drive-in closed. I do remember that when the Grand first closed, the drive-in stayed open. After the Grand reopened, I don’t know if the drive-in closed or not. The last time I saw the Grand open it was playing Independence Day. (1996) I guess it closed after that because the next time I went through, it had been demolished.

I did not take any pictures of the drive-in the last time I went through Cornelia but you could see that some of the trees that surrounded it had been cut but you could still see the parking area.

Like I said, not living there, I cannot tell exactly when everything closed.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm

746 Stone Cypher St, Cornelia, GA 30531

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

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