Broadway Drive-Inn

Highway 11 North,
2883 Grainger Station Road,
Kinston, NC 28501

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Broadway Drive-Inn theater was built in 1949 by Charles A. Broadway Jr. He built and operated it from 1950 until April 1973. It is located on Highway 11, 5 miles north of Kinston near Graingers, and has a car capacity for 250. It is still owned by the Broadway family.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Must be a typo.My 1956 Motion Picture Almanac has Broadway DRIVE-IN.Run by L.J.New.

Coate on December 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Of course it was a typo, Mike. That’s what I was making fun of.

It’s bad enough people submit page write-ups in such condition, but the Cinema Treasures editor ought to catch such things before posting. (I guess our editor was too busy celebrating the overrated 30,000 theater accomplishment instead of, you know, proof reading and copy editing.)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm

As your esteemed editor, I did edit as per usual, and gave this some thought, but allowed it go through as submitted. I took it as being the correct spelling, as the theatre was submitted by the actual owner, but maybe the owner of the property is wrong! Let’s see what he says.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Yeah, I am really going to cut back just submitting Theatres unless i have the address.So many older Theatres never had the Street address or even the city could have been wrong when you assume because it is in the paper, heck it might be miles away.I have had that happen a lot,but members are quick to pick it up and get theatre in the right town.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I never realized there were that many theatres in Great Britian.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

An Inn sometimes can mean a Restaurant or Tavern. It could have been a play on words and been a Drive Inn Restaurant and a Drive-Inn Theater?

Need a better address, I can’t find the theater on the Map.

More info and photos are always welcome.

NightHawk1 on November 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

Was the Broadway Drive-Inn the same theatre as the North 11 Drive-In? That is the only drive-in I know of on Highway 11 that has any remnants still standing (in North 11’s case the marquee is all that remains). The North 11 played XXX movies until around 1980. The other drive-in I know of being on Highway 11 North was the Bright Leaf,closer to town near the Highland Avenue intersection and run by Stewart & Everett. Bright Leaf was demolished about 1975.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

The 1955 edition of Theatre Catalog lists the following drive-in theatres in Kinston; Bright Leaf Drive-In with 396 cars operated by E.G. Hill Broadway Drive-In with 200 cars and an address given as Highway 70, operated by C.A. Broadway Kinston Drive-In with 180 cars Nu Pont Drive-In with 250 cars Both the Kinston and the Nu Pont were operated by Max Reinhardt Exibitors Service

NightHawk1 on August 21, 2013 at 12:17 am

KenRoe’s comment above suggests to me that the Broadway Drive-In was nowhere near Graingers, as the address he gave from the theatre catalog places this drive-in on Highway 70, not Highway 11 (the only major highway near Graingers). If the theater catalog is correct, the Broadway Drive-In would have been either on Vernon Avenue (now US 70 Business, most likely US 70 West in 1955) towards LaGrange or US 70 East towards New Bern (east of Queen Street/US 258 South). There is currently no drive-in restoration going on in Kinston; the North 11 Drive-In is the only one there left to restore (and the only drive-in near Graingers).

Kris4077 on September 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Great, I got excited, I thought there was going to be a Drive-In closer to me! Thanks, I guess I’ll just go on suffering.

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