Azalea Drive-In

1912 Dothan Road,
Bainbridge, GA 39817

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One thing is certain, Martin Theatres chain had quite a few small town theatres! The Azalea Drive-In in Bainbridge, Georgia was another Martin Theatre. It parked 306 cars.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Mike, are you sure it’s spelled AZALIA, I’ve also seen the drive-in spelled

AZELEA

AZELIA

If it’s named after the flowering shrub and it’s flowers it’s

AZALEA?

Open from 1955-1964? I know it was not open in 1967.

Anyone have the correct spelling, an address, more info, or photos?

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on January 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I suspect that this was at 1800 Dothan Road. 1993 satellite imagery shows what appears to be rows of car ramps. This lot is now a Kangaroo truck stop.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 2, 2011 at 4:07 am

1912 Dothan Rd, Bainbridge, GA 39817

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was on the north side of Dothan Rd, just west of the Highway interchange.

Here is a 1952 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

zebulongrady
zebulongrady on June 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

The correct name spelling is Azalea. It was located on Highway 27 S (Tallahassee Fl highway) right outside of Bainbridge. A bypass was built (the Georgia Governor was a Bainbridge resident at the time) and this bypass went right next to the Azalea drive in on a incline, which put the drive in out of business. For years the screen (tower) was used as advertising for Pixie Shops. When driving along the by pass, you could look down over the drive in and see the speaker posts along with the concession/projection building – minus the roof. This location is now a Walmart (surprise) and no evidence of the drive in remains. The drive in on the Dothan highway was built in the late seventies by Sidney Pink and a partner. It was unusual in that the speaker post were only about two foot tall, whereas most drive in speaker post were the four foot standart. It did not operate very long and it has been a few years since I went by it, but the last time I did, it was being used as a pasture.

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