King Drive-In

703 E. King Street,
King, NC 27021

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King Drive-In

The King Drive-In opened prior to 1950 with parking ramp that held 224 cars. It was operated by D. E. Gwynn of Eden Theatres, Leaksville, North Carolina. Porter Garrett McGee, known as ‘Fibber McGee’ purchased the King Drive-In in the mid-1950’s. He operated it with his first wife’s sister & husband (Mr & Mrs Harvey Hendrix) as co-owners and Mrs Hendrix as manager. It featured a stage for musical acts before show, which was common for drive-in’s in the 1950’s-1960. It was closed in mid-1974 due to lack of business and it was sold. It is now Sheetz Convenience Store.

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Element02 on January 15, 2020 at 3:25 am

A dear, recently deceased friend of mine told me that he saw Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ at this drive-in with his mother and brother. He said you could see people ducking and swatting in their cars to escape ‘the Birds’ :)

My mother also told me that old hwy 52 ran directly passed this drive-in, and she and her family lived about 5 miles away in neighboring Rural Hall. My grandparents kept a blanket in the backseat of the car, just in case they would be traveling home late at night and an adult film was playing on the big screen- my mother and her siblings would have to cover their heads with the blanket when passing by.

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