Marietta Drive-in

1250 S. Marietta Parkway SE,
Marietta, GA 30060

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The Marietta Drive-In parked 425 cars making it the city’s largest drive-in. In 1956 it was owned by R.E. Martin Circuit, in other words, a Martin Theatre.

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NYozoner
NYozoner on February 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Thanks Raymond. Trying to sort through this information is kinda difficult, when people leave vague comments which assume you are from the area or understand what they mean. It’s especially confusing when there is a drive-in which operated under multiple identities, or multiple drive-ins clustered together such as the Martin, Georgia, and Smyrna drive-ins.

Just to clarify, the Georgia Drive-In was also known as the Marietta Drive-In.

The Smyrna Drive-In was also known as the Fair Oaks Drive-In.

The Martin Drive-In was also in Marietta, but was only known as Martin Drive-In.

Raymond, does all of that information work for you?

raymondstewart
raymondstewart on February 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I don’t know of the Georgia ever being known as the Marietta but could have been. The city and state spent a bundle of money at that intersection so Martin could have been paid some money to relocate signage and changed it then. The Smyrna was known as the Fair Oaks at one point. As the area grew Smyrna and Marietta grew and the area known as Fair Oaks faded away. As far as I know the Martin was always the Martin. Martin used their name just about anywhere they could, so since there wasn’t a “Martin” hardtop in the area it makes sense they’d use it for the drive in.

Mike Durrett
Mike Durrett on March 16, 2011 at 1:16 am

I moved to Marietta in 1974. This drive-in was not there at the time. The property was adjacent to Town and Country Shopping Center, which housed a newish Eastern Federal indoor twin, literally backing up to the Martin property. I saw BLAZING SADDLES in the twin on opening day of its release. New London Square was up and running on the drive-in’s real estate, as I recall.

The Georgia Drive-in was operational less than a mile down the road, past I-75 at Hwy 41, diagonally across the road from legendary The Big Chicken.

The Smyrna Drive-in was still going in the Fair Oaks area.

The Marbro Twin Drive-in in nearby Austell was thriving. Martin’s last built drive-in in Cobb County.

I’m only recently learning of the Martin Drive-in, but I know where it was located and will be going to check it out for “after” photos. New London Square is essentially an amphitheatre in its terrain. The Martin screen was on the road at the top edge of the property. The stores are downhill on the edges.

I have reason to believe the Martin was operational before 1956 and before the 1953-54 CinemaScope era, but it’s a hunch at this point.

karatattoo
karatattoo on April 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

“The Georgia Drive-in was operational less than a mile down the road, past I-75 at Hwy 41, diagonally across the road from legendary The Big Chicken.”

Not quite. The Georgia Drive-In was further south on Hwy.41 (then called The Four Lane)at the next intersection, which was at Clay Street(now called the 120 South Loop).

The former entrance to the drive-in is now occupied by a small Greyhound bus station.

Mike Durrett
Mike Durrett on April 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

Ooo, you beat me to it, Sharples. I was actually scouting the Georgia and Martin Drive-in locations yesterday afternoon, when I recognized the error. I had intended to post a correction to my fuzzy sense of directions here. Apologies to The Big Chicken.

Mike Durrett
Mike Durrett on April 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

I worked for WFOM Radio in Marietta for two periods between 1974 and 1980. I wrote and announced the commercials for the Martin Drive-ins in the area, 75 spots each weekend. The Georgia, Smyrna, and Marbro Twin were all operational in early 1980 when I left the station. I remained in the area, but don’t recall these theatres' specific closings. We did see STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN at the Marbro in June, 1982, our last visit to any of the locations.

karatattoo
karatattoo on April 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I don’t remember when any of the Cobb County drive-ins closed either, but I do remember that the last movie I saw at a drive-in was “The French Connection” at the Georgia Drive-In in 1972. I took my girlfriend there in my 1958 Edsel!

Mike Durrett
Mike Durrett on April 11, 2011 at 1:42 am

If she wasn’t impressed, she should have been.

I hope you got to take the Edsel to see THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN.

WGT
WGT on October 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I spent many of my teen age years at the drive inns. Both at the Martin and the Georgia. That would be in the mid to late 60’s. The Martin was the nicer one. They showed the newer movies. Really miss those cool nights ..

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1250 South Marietta Parkway Southeast. Now housing for Southern Poly Tech University.

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