Swamp Fox Drive-In

455 N. Highway 52,
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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Swamp Fox Drive-In

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The Berkeley Drive-In was opened in 1950, and was owned by W.T. Friddell and Mary Friddell. It had a parking ramp that would hold 200 cars. In January 1975, the drive-in was leased to Consolidated Theatres Inc. due to W.T. Friddell being ill Consolidated at that time were operating the North 52 Drive-In and the Magnolia Drive-In. The Berkeley Drive-In was renamed Swamp Fox Drive-In.

In 1984, Consolidated Theatres ended its lease and the drive-in was operated by an independent operator and eventually played adult movies. It closed for good in 1986. It sat abandoned and finally the Swamp Fox (aka Berkeley) Drive-In was demolished on June 1, 2006. Eventually the property was redeveloped for retail use.

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Buddy Burnett
Buddy Burnett on July 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

My Father is the “Independent Owner” named above :)He purchased the lease from Consolidated Theaters based in Charlotte North Carolina and promptly did away with the “Adult Movies” I was the projectionist there for years and I’m the guy you honked and cussed at when the film broke :) If you have any questions about this theater please feel free to contact by posting a comment and asking :)

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

At Buddy..got any pictures of it? When I wrote that, I could not find who the operator was. I don’t live in the area.

Buddy Burnett
Buddy Burnett on July 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I don’t have any pics but my Mom or Dad may. I will ask him tomorrow morning. They are in their 80’s now but still get along pretty good. I do have pics of my Dad and he was a landmark there! He was 6'2 with solid white hair and always had a cigar :)

CarolinaJack on April 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Worked for Mr. Fridell two summers…‘70-71 while in high school…Absolutely the BEST popcorn you’ve ever had…popper came from his previous walk-in theater on Main Street from back in the 40’s…great job…worked the ticket sales AND projectionist…the cue marks STILL haunt my movie viewing…

busterdangerfield on June 22, 2017 at 9:43 am

The Berkeley Drive In was founded by my grandparents, William T and Lois Thornley Friddell. Only after divorce and the re-marriage of William T Friddell to the former Mary James did it come under the auspices of “W. T. Friddell and Mary Friddell.” For the record, my step-grandmother, Mary James Friddell, was a lovely person and is only recently deceased.

StanMalone on June 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm

If you think that name is odd then you are obviously not from eastern South Carolina. It is the legendary nickname of Francis Marion who fought the British in that swampy area during the revolutionary war. Mel Gibson’s character in The Patriot was very loosely based on him. Very, very loosely. Leslie Nielsen played the Swamp Fox in a Disney TV series of that name which occasionally ran as part of Disney’s Sunday night show.

davidcoppock on June 22, 2017 at 7:01 pm

No, i’m from Australia!!

StanMalone on June 23, 2017 at 8:21 am

Ahhh, the wonders of the internet and the interesting people you meet on it. I have never been to Australia, but I did run Breaker Morant and Crocodile Dundee. I also enjoyed the VFL games that were on ESPN in the early 80’s. In those early days when anything more than a four screen theater seemed like science fiction, there was only one ESPN, all sports, no talk and no politics. They were desperate for programming and would run the VFL games live overnight. I can still remember the opening theme:

The Maggies, Demons, Saints, the Hawks, the Lions and the Blues, The Dons, the Swans, the Tigers, Bulldogs, Cats and Kangaroos….

Sorry, a little off topic here. However, it is nice to think back to those days when most big releases opened exclusively at one theater and when the run was over you could catch it at a drive in like this one doubled up with something from the previous years from the film company vault. Usually whatever the local film exchange had a print of that was in runable condition.

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