Circle South 29 Drive-In

Fairforest Clevedale Road & Cedar Crest Road,
Spartanburg, SC 29301

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Circle South 29 Drive-In

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The Drive-In opened in late-1947. It was the first drive-in theatre to open in Spartanburg, SC. The parking ramp could park 394 cars. The Drive-In was renamed Scenic Drive-In on December 13, 1949. It was operated by Wade McManus in 1955. The Scenic Drive-In was closed on April 5, 1970, and reopened on April 14, 1970. It reopened with a new screen, sound system and a new name, the Circle South 29 Drive-In. It was now owned by Piedmont Productions Inc. of N.C, who also opened the Circle Drive-In on June 27, 1969.

On April 24, 1971, Robert H. Williams, who was the theatre manager, was indicted for exhibiting an obscene movie. The movie was “101 Acts of Love”. Williams was found guilty and filed an appeal. The Circle South 29 Drive-In was closed down in April and reopened on June 25, 1971, showing only R and M rated movies after that. Piedmont decided that X-rated movies would not be screened at their drive-in theatres anymore. Looking at the movies the drive-in was screening after reopening in 1970 and between temporarily shutting down, it was mostly X-rated movie fare. It finally closed in November 1984, and the property was sold to Carolina Canadian Lumber Co. It is now used to store building supplies.

Contributed by MikeRogers, Randy Studer

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hatterasjack
hatterasjack on June 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

The sign still stands out on US 29 where the entrance was. The sign reads ‘South 29 Drive In’. Was that the original name? Then it changed to ‘Senic’ and finally ‘Circle South 29 Drive In’? Was the sign a new one put up by Piedmont, without ‘Circle’ so as not to confuse it with the new one over on the Riedville Road at the Circle? I can’t believe that the sign would have been there when it was operating as Senic. If so I wonder what the original 1947 sign looked like.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 24, 2013 at 7:52 am

hatterasjack…Can you get us a picture of the sign?

hatterasjack
hatterasjack on July 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

Well here are the sign photos including one showing the dual paved entrance drives off 29. Clearly by the time this sign went up the name ‘Circle’ was no longer used.

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