Meridian Drive-In

2400 Mississippi 19,
Meridian, MS 39307

300 cars

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The Meridian Drive-In in Meridian, Mississippi was owned by Moody & Atkins and parked 300 cars.

Its been years, but the last time in went through Meridian, Mississippi there was a closed drive-in right off 1-20. I turned off and snapped pictures, but the whole place was fenced in where you couldn’t get on the lot. Could this be the Meridian Drive-In or the Royal Drive-In?

There was no way not to see this drive-in from I-20.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 30, 2010 at 9:44 am

According to a couple of Panoramio pics, the one on I-20:

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Is the Royal.

There was another drive-in off Hwy 19, NW of town off Hills St. It’s behind the spot labeled Village Kitchen. GE Historical shows the lot was redeveloped in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. That could have been the Meridian.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Thanks again,S. sam.

JayAllenSanford
JayAllenSanford on July 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

The Meridian DI had a medieval themed playground built alongside the lot, which was open in the daytime and had its own separate entrance facing the street (the playground entrance had castle columns on either side, one of which was hollow and contained a sort of sentry booth headquarters).

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 1:17 am

Thanks Jay allen.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 2, 2010 at 1:32 am

Take a look at the photos I linked to on the Royal DI also in Meridian. It also shows the castle looking buildings also. They had a place called Royal Land according to the pics.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 1:49 am

Yes.I noticed that S.Sam.We never found out when it closed.I think when I went by there in 1975 it might have been closed.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 2, 2010 at 2:04 am

Read the story I posted to the royal DI page….

I doubt that both the Meridian and Royal had similar castle theming. But I could be wrong.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Ah yes, home of the U.S. Naval Air Station Meridian.

Open 1950-1980?

It was open for sure in 1967.

Owners:

1955-1975 Royal Theaters of Meridian who had 11 theaters in Misssippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana?

1980 International Cinema Corp?

How bout an address, more info and photos?

Chief Jensen

wsaucier
wsaucier on July 10, 2011 at 12:38 am

I passed by the old Royal Drive In in May. The screen tower is still standing and the entire site is over grown. The colorful shell of the screen tower has faded.

ZaneRoyal
ZaneRoyal on September 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

This is incorrect! Royal Drive In is on I20. Royal Land, an Amusement Park (1968-1969) is next to it, it had no connection other than ownership. Meridian Drive In was on SR 19 N, the tower was located about where the “back road” into Wal Mart is now. The Village Kitchen (closed in 2012) is now! My Dad, A.L. Royal Sr built all. Anyone with questions, post and I will answer if I can!

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