Encore Drive-In

Highway 29,
Wetumpka, AL 36092

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The Encore Drive-In was located in the Alabama town of Wetumpka, and was opened in 1951. It was owned by W.M. Singleton.

It was closed around 1960, after the screen tower was damaged in a storm.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

Open ~1951-~1961 approximate? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Can anyone come up with an address or crossroads, more info or photos?

maxandmarian
maxandmarian on November 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I’m W.M.Singleton, was owner of the Encore DI. First let me correct the capacity. It was 150 cars, not 100. It was located several miles west of Wetumpka on hwy 29 near Elmore. We opened in 1951 with a 10 year land lease. Near the end of the lease, a storm got the screen and I chose not to rebuild. For one reason, television and home air conditioning was already taking a toll on drive in theatres. Sorry, but I don’t have any photos. I later moved to Montgomery and became a member of IATSE and worked as projectionist at the Capri, the Paramount, the Empire, the South Plaza DI, the Charles, but mostly the Martin Twin and Twin Oaks 4. After Carmike automated the projection system, I became part of their management team. I stayed with them a number of years until I retired. I have always loved theatre work and the projected image since I was 16 and was projectionist at the Lyric Theatre in Prattville, AL. I live in Florida now with my wife Marian.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Thanks William,I was getting the info from the 1956 MOTION PICTURE ALMANAC.I have learned alot about how much that book can be off even placing Drive-ins in WRONG states.Please add all you can on the ENCORE Drive-in.And other stories.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Thanks William for the first hand information.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 29, 2012 at 7:41 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 5525 Elmore Road. the entrance and exit roads are still there.

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