Camellia Drive-In

1306 E. Commerce Street,
Greenville, AL 36037

300 cars

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The Camellia Drive-In was opened on June 7, 1950 with Lon McCallister in “The Big Cat”. Car capacity was listed at 300. Thru 1964 it was operated by Martin Theatres followed by McLendon Theatres thru closing. The Camellia Drive-In closed in the mid-1980’s.

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jwmovies
jwmovies on November 22, 2014 at 7:39 am

This drive-in was located at 1300 E Commerce St.

Use 1306 to map (the Shell gas station next door).

Now a ballfield.

Please update.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Randy,

When people refer back to a drive-in, they sometimes forget the actual name and simply refer to it by the name of the town it was in. The drive-in near Greenville would then be called the Greenville Drive-In, even through it operated under another name. This happens constantly, and leads to a lot of confusion, as well as duplicate listings.

Could there have been a Greenville Drive-In seperate from the Camellia Drive-In? It’s possible, but unless there is a newspaper ad showing both drive-ins operating simultaneously, probably not.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 10, 2015 at 10:17 pm

You are right Rick, I have run into that before myself.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on April 4, 2019 at 8:12 pm

Martin and Ray launched the Camellia Drive-In on June 7, 1950 with “The Big Cat.” The theatre was located on the old fairgrounds.

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