Cruise-In Drive-In

W. Cornelious Harnett Boulevard and Brightwater Drive,
Lillington, NC 27546

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Cruise-In Drive-In

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The Cruise-In Drive-In was opened prior to 1953, when it was operated by A.J. Collins. The historic address was 421 Lillington Airport Highway.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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jwmovies
jwmovies on September 25, 2012 at 1:41 am

Above address is incorrect. Approx. location for this drive-in was Old U.S. 421. Use 3660 U.S. 421. The Outline is still there, way out of town heading west.

NYozoner
NYozoner on December 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

jwmovies, do you have an aerial photo showing the outline of the drive-in? I could not find any evidence of a drive-in at the location you provided.

I did find an advertisement for the drive-in in a 1953 high school yearbook which provides location information for Cruise-In Theater as “1 mile north of Lillington on 15-A.”

There were no physical remnants of the drive-in on aerial photos of that area which I examined, which leads me to believe that this was probably a temporary “pop-up” type of drive-in, with no ramps or permanent structures.

TomMc11
TomMc11 on June 27, 2017 at 11:48 am

Ok, some research shows that 15-A is now US 401. If you look at the location of West Cornelius Harnett Blvd & Brightwater Dr., Lillington, NC and either go back on Google Earth or Historic Aerials that spot looks as if it may have had a Drive-In at one point in time. Historic Aerials only goes back to 1998 and Google Earth to 1993 so if someone has access to earlier aerials and can confirm that would be good. This would place it roughly 1 mile north of downtown Lillington. Brightwater Dr. now goes through the property I have indicated, it did not exist until recently.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 28, 2017 at 12:46 am

I suspose when the movie or movies finished, you just cruise out of the drive-in!?

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