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…

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