Thunderbird Drive In

1441 Montgomery Highway,
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

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Thunderbird Drive In

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In the late-1960’s Cobb Theatres acquired the interests of the Newman Waters Theater Company which included the Shades Mt. Drive-In. That property was on the southern edge of the commercial development of Vestavia Hills, and within a couple of years Cobb Theatres sold the site and a shopping center was built on the land.

Cobb Theatres moved down the hill to this location which is right on the Vestavia Hills / Hoover line and built a new drive-in. They named this new theater “Thunderbird Drive In” which was a very popular name within the Cobb Theatres chain.

This was a very fast growing area and before long the drive-in was closed and yet another shopping center was built on the land, this one containing a single screen Cobb Theatre named Vestavia Theatre.

Contributed by Stan Malone

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on May 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm

The address is a bit off:

1441 Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35216

StanMalone
StanMalone on May 8, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Thank you for the correction. 1425 is the address of the shopping center so I just assumed that they adopted the address of the drive in. This location did not last long and I have been unable to find anyone who even remembers that it was there. It was built after my family moved away from Birmingham and the only reason I know about it is because I saw it on a trip back to visit in 1969 or maybe 1970.

The Shades Mountain Drive in was still in operation when we left in 1967.

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