Forest Park Drive-In

4436 Jonesboro Road,
Forest Park, GA 30297

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The 54 Drive-In was clocated about a mile along the road from the Thunderbird Drive-In, although it closed before the Thunderbird. In its later years, it was renamed Forest Park Drive-In, and in its day was a nice drive-in right outside of Atlanta. Today airliners from all over the world buzz the sky over Forest Park, Georgia, making it hard for a drive-in to operate.

It wasn’t a large drive-in, only parking 225 cars. It was owned by GEO Theatres. I couldn’t find any theatre chain with that name. I am sure the drive-in closed with all the commerical buildings in that area.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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JFBrantley
JFBrantley on July 4, 2010 at 3:13 am

This and the 54 Drive-In are probably the same.

JFBrantley
JFBrantley on July 10, 2010 at 8:22 am

In the mid 1970s someone opened a second-run storefront theater in the shopping center where this drive-in was. It lasted about 2 months before it closed. One of the movies it showed was Airport 77. This should give you a timeline of when it was opened. Also there is a street beside the current shopping center that is called Theater Way.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 20, 2010 at 6:09 am

GEO for GEOrgia??

Open for sure in 1967.

Need an address, more info and photos.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

4436 Jonesboro Rd, Forest Park, GA 30297

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is now occupied by a shopping plaza.

Here is a 1955 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

JBrantley
JBrantley on March 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I like the way you combined what I said about the 54 Drive-In with Forest Park Drive-In

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