Prince Avenue Drive-In

2435 Jefferson Road,
Athens, GA 30607

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The Prince Avenue Drive-In was opened in 1954. When the newness of the drive-in started to wane, the Prince Avenue Drive-In was one of the first to close, having only operated for around three years. This 300 car lot was located on the north part of Athens heading to Commerce, or now Atlanta as much as it as spread east.

The Prince Avenue Drive-In was operated by the Georgia Theatre Co.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 25, 2010 at 9:17 pm

“Regrets, I have a few!”

Back in the 1980’s I went to school at 1425 Prince Avenue, Athens, Georgia. That’s the U.S. Naval Supply Corps School. Click on the map and the Google Map’s Red Dot goes right on it. The drive-in site was on the same street! If I had know about it I would have looked for the drive-in or it’s remains!

“Regret, I have a few!”

I really like Athens and now that I’m up near Chicago, I’ve got a taste for some Krystals.

Sure could use an address, more info and photos!

“Join the NAVY and see the world!”

Chief Jensen

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 26, 2010 at 10:12 am

Bob.HOW ABOUT THEM DAWGS!It gets to a point that you hope folks in Athens or nearby Atlanta would have some info on this Drive-in.I am sure with the Beltline Hwy wrapping around Athens it might be hard to spot anything of the Prince Ave,Drive-in.Did you see the ATHENS DRIVE-In {on CT} on Atlanta Highway near the MAll it closed sometime in the early to mid 80’s.Car dealership took that land.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

2435 Jefferson Road, Athens, GA 30607

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now occupied by Homewood Shopping Center. Prince Avenue becomes Jefferson Road when it crosses the Athens Perimeter Hwy.

Here is a 1962 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

thanks NYozoner for getting this one on,wish there was someone in Athens that had pictures.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 2, 2011 at 1:40 am

There probably are people in Athens with pictures, they just don’t know what to do with them or how to get them into the right hands.

One way to accomplish that is to contact the local paper, talk to a reporter and explain that you are researching local drive-ins for a book, talk about the names and locations of the drive-ins, and explain that you need their help in locating people who might have photos.

There’s no guarantees that they will put a story in, but more often than not they will, and you have a pretty good shot of coming up with some photos.

Another avenue is the local historical society, although those are very hit and miss since most historians were more interested in old school houses, downtown theatres, and churches, than they were in drive-in theares.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Yep, you have to love old movie theatres first, think a few folks in Athens would.

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