Auto Movies #1 Drive-In

605 Bessemer Super Highway,
Midfield, AL 35228

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Auto Movies #1 Drive-In

The Auto Movies Drive-In was opened on October 26, 1939. By 1955 it was operated by Louis C. Worthington. It was still open in 1967. Now Octapharma Plasma. This location used to be Birmingham. The health center next to it is still listed as Birmingham.

Contributed by James Monroe

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StanMalone
StanMalone on March 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm

There is a private commercial directory published in 1965 that lists the Auto Movies No. 1. It does not give a street, only Bessemer Super Highway, but it does list the owner as a Louis Worthington of Bessemer. This link:

http://www.birminghamrewound.com/features/1967-08.htm

will take you to the Birmingham Rewound “This Month In History” page for August 1967. Scroll down to the movie section and you will see an ad for the Auto Movies. It is just a small one column, one inch ad, between Divorce American Style and Gnome Mobile. This ad, and the one above it for the THC Drive In ran for years in the Birmingham paper.

This location must have done pretty well in this industrial working class area which was dependent on the mining of TCI and the steel mills. In 1966, another drive in, the Bama opened just down the highway, and a modern indoor, the Midfield just up the road across from the new Western Hills Mall.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm

This opened on October 26th, 1939 as the first drive-in in the area. Tiny opening ad posted.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on August 16, 2019 at 6:07 am

Opened with selected short subjects(not named), and “Romance of the Limberlost”.

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